Your rotator cuff covers the top of your arm bone where it fits into the shoulder socket. Several tendons, which connect muscle to bone, make up your rotator cuff. When these connective tissues in the rotator cuff are damaged, lifting your arm can cause shoulder pain.
Rotator cuff tear is a very common injury, affecting over a million people nationwide every year. Types of torn rotator cuff include:
Most rotator cuff injuries do not require surgery. However, a rotator cuff injury can get worse over time, making early treatment of shoulder pain important for preventing further damage.
At Aurora, we offer a range of advanced treatments depending on the severity of your injury – from rest and physical therapy to injections and shoulder surgery.
As one of the largest local health care providers in Wisconsin, we treat many people with shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tear. People choose Aurora Health Care because we provide:
Shoulder pain, either at rest or with movement, is a key sign of rotator cuff tear. However, not all people with a torn rotator cuff experience shoulder pain.
Other symptoms include:
Common causes of rotator cuff tear include:
To diagnose your shoulder injury, your doctor will first examine your shoulder to see how far you can move it. Diagnosing a rotator cuff tear can also require additional tests, including:
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Our orthopedic specialists start with the least invasive treatment methods, only recommending surgery when absolutely necessary. Treatments your doctor may recommend include: