The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles in the shoulder.
The muscles form into tendons that attach to the arm bone and help raise the arm. A rotator cuff tear can occur from years of use, repetitive overuse, an injury while lifting, a fall or a pulling injury to the arm.
If one or more of the muscles tear, it can lead to pain and weakness.
5 Signs of a Tear
- Pain at night when lying on shoulder.
- Pain and weakness lifting the arm above shoulder level.
- Aching pain on the side of the shoulder (not back of shoulder).
- No improvement with over the counter medications.
- Difficulty lifting a gallon of milk out of fridge.
What you should do if you have 3 or more of these signs:
• See an orthopedic shoulder expert with sports medicine training.
• Ask for an x-ray and a thorough examination.
• In some cases an injection or therapy may be prescribed.
• Otherwise an MRI may be ordered.
For a thorough evaluation for a possible rotator cuff tear you may book an appointment online or call 804-678-9000