Rotator Cuff Tear

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

Shoulder pain is a common problem among people of all ages, with different underlying causes, many of which involve a partial or full rotator cuff tear. If you live in the Rockville or Damascus, Maryland, areas, the highly skilled team of orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation can determine if a rotator cuff tear is causing your shoulder pain. The experienced surgeons and on-site physical therapists provide state-of-the-art rehabilitation following rotator cuff surgery. Call to request an appointment or book online.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

The rotator cuff in your shoulder is made up of a group of muscles and tendons that support the top of your upper arm bone. The rotator cuff attaches the arm bone to your shoulder blade and allows you to lift and rotate your arm. If one of the tendons in your rotator cuff tears, your upper arm bone is no longer fully attached to the tendons, causing pain and reduced range of motion.

You can experience a partial tear or a full rotator cuff tear. In a partial rotator cuff tear, you damage your tendon but it’s not completely severed; with a full, or complete, rotator cuff tear, a hole in the tendon separates the tendon and bone completely.

Who is at Risk for a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Men and women who perform repetitive motions in their jobs, such as painting or hammering, and athletes who repeatedly throw a baseball or swing a tennis racquet, are at higher risk for a rotator cuff tear. If your rotator cuff tear is the result of an injury, it usually happens suddenly. When it’s the result of degeneration or wear-and-tear, it can occur slowly over time.

Age, heredity, and overuse can all increase your risk of a rotator cuff tear that leads to chronic shoulder pain, arm weakness, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

How is a Torn Rotator Cuff Treated?

Although the team of physicians at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation are highly skilled orthopaedic surgeons, they always take the most conservative approach possible to treating rotator cuff tears.

If nonsurgical treatment methods like physical therapy and exercises that improve the strength and flexibility in your shoulder don’t provide the long-term pain relief you need, your provider may recommend rotator cuff repair surgery. Depending on the severity of your tear and your specific symptoms, minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy may ultimately restore your shoulder to its pre-injury condition.

Even with surgery, on-site physical therapy at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation’s state-of-the-art facility will most likely be part of your comprehensive treatment strategy until you regain full range of motion without discomfort.

If you’ve suffered a rotator cuff tear and want to learn more about nonsurgical therapies as well as arthroscopic shoulder surgery, call the Rockville or Damascus office or schedule a consultation online.