The Rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that helps stabilize your shoulder especially through strenuous activities such as when you lift your arm over your head. This group of muscles; however, has a tendency to be injured easily by bursitis, strains, tendonitis and tears.
Rotator cuff problems are divided into several specific categories such as:
- Rotator cuff tears – occurring in those through normal wear and tear or those who have suffered a shoulder injury, a rotator cuff tear is where the where the tendons have become torn and can be extremely painful. This sort of injury is most frequent in sports.
- Rotator cuff tendonitis – Is another form of inflammation and can come from many sources including poor posture. It often causes weakness and pain.
- Shoulder impingement syndrome – When this occurs the muscles or tendons of the rotator cuff have become irritated or inflamed.
Top Orthopedic Surgeons can help you diagnose a rotator cuff issue and determine the best treatment options available for you. Your orthopaedic doctor may suggest non-surgical options before recommending one of the many orthopedic procedures available.
Shoulder surgery may be required with rotator cuff concerns, especially if the pain is consistent and debilitating. In addition, a shoulder replacement may need to be done when mobility and pain are ongoing and other options of rehabilitation have been eliminated.