Rotator Cuff Tendon Tear

A rotator cuff tendon tear is a common injury from falls particularly in the elderly. Falling on an outstretched hand is a typical cause of a rotator cuff tendon tear but the injury can also be caused by occupations that require repeated heavy lifting as well as sports where the arms are lifted high over the head.

The symptoms of a rotator cuff tendon tear include pain and or weakness when holding the arm overhead or stretched out horizontally. Elderly people may complain of pain when dressing, or moving their arm in an upward or outward motion.

It may be difficult to pinpoint the exact source of the rotator cuff tendon tear though the weakness may be apparent on a physical exam by a doctor. Rays may appear normal and a partial tear is not always visible even when using MRI.
If a rotator cuff tendon tear is suspected, non-invasive treatments are usually prescribed before surgery is considered. First steps in treatment of a rotator cuff tendon tear are applying cold or heat to the affected area and treatment with anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. A sling may also be worn to rest the arm that is affected by the rotator cuff tendon tear.

In addition to these non-invasive treatments, electrical stimulation of the nerves and muscles, cortisone injections, and ultrasound may be prescribed for treatment of a torn radiator cuff tendon. If these treatments are not successful, arthroscopic surgery or an open surgical repair of the rotator cuff tendon tear may be required. After surgery an extensive round of physical therapy may be required to regain range of movement.

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