Rotator cuff tears may occur in two ways:
There are two types of rotator cuff tears:
Rest and physical therapy may help with a partial tear if you do not normally place a lot of demand on your shoulder.
Surgery to repair the tendon may be needed if the rotator cuff has a complete tear. Surgery may also be needed if the symptoms do not get better with other treatment. Most of the time, arthroscopic surgery (minimally invasive) is sufficient to adequately perform the repair. Large tears may need open surgery (surgery with a larger incision) to repair the torn tendon.
If you have experienced a shoulder injury or are experiencing painful shoulder movement, our team can help. Call 1-855-NH-SPORT to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic sports medicine shoulder specialists.