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Information About Rotator Cuff Injuries

Common rotator cuff problems include tendonitis and rotator cuff tears. This information on rotator cuff tears aids in understanding these conditions and the treatments and rehabilitation.

Massive Rotator Cuff Tear
Massive rotator cuff tears involve significant tendon damage to the rotator cuff. Like all rotator cuff problems, there are both surgical, and non-surgical treatments available for relief of symptoms.

Surgery Not Needed for Rotator Cuff Tears
Surgery is seldom needed for a rotator cuff tear. In fact, most people with a torn rotator cuff don't even know they have a problem. Only when shoulder pain or other symptoms occur, is treatment necessary.

What is a partial tear of the rotator cuff?
A partial rotator cuff tear is a type of torn rotator cuff where only some of the tendon had been damaged. Determining if surgery is necessary for a partial rotator cuff tear depends on the success of other treatments.

Signs and Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear
Common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include pain and an inability to raise the arm above the head. A rotator cuff tear can be painful, cause difficulty sleeping, and lead to chronic shoulder problems. These are some of the signs and symptoms of a rotator cuff tear.

Surgical Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Surgery may be needed in some individuals with a rotator cuff tear. In most cases, the goal of surgery is to repair the torn rotator cuff tendons. This surgery may be accomplished with standard surgery or an arthroscopic surgical procedure.

How Common is a Rotator Cuff Tear?
Rotator cuff tears are more common than you may think. Especially as we get older, rotator cuff tears occur with increasing frequency. How common are rotator cuff tears?

Non-Surgical Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator cuff tears do not heal well with time. They tend to either enlarge, or, at best, stabilize in size. The good news is the rotator cuff tears do not necessarily need to heal in order for the symptoms to resolve. Many people have rotator cuff tears, but no symptoms of shoulder pain. Therefore, the goal of treatment

Signs and Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear
Common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include pain and an inability to raise the arm above the head. A rotator cuff tear can be painful, cause difficulty sleeping, and lead to chronic shoulder problems. These are some of the signs and symptoms of a rotator cuff tear.

Surgical Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Surgery may be needed in some individuals with a rotator cuff tear. In most cases, the goal of surgery is to repair the torn rotator cuff tendons. This surgery may be accomplished with standard surgery or an arthroscopic surgical procedure.

Rehab After Rotator Cuff Surgery
Rotator cuff surgery is a surgical procedure performed when the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder have been torn. Rehab after rotator cuff surgery is complicated. Finding a balance between allowing the repaired rotator cuff tendons to heal, and preventing stiffness of the shoulder is difficult.

Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy
A rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a dual problem of shoulder arthritis in the setting of a large rotator cuff tear. A rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a challenging situation because standard shoulder replacements are not adequate for treatment of this condition.

Rotator Cuff Problems?
Rotator cuff tears are a cause of shoulder pain. When a rotator cuff tear occurs pain and weakness are common symptoms. Learn about treatment options for a torn rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Shoulder bursitis is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. Often referred to as rotator cuff tendonitis, or impingement syndrome, shoulder bursitis will usually improve with simple treatments.

Calcific Tendonitis
Calcific tendonitis is a condition of calcium deposits within a tendon -- most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. The cause of calcific tendonitis is not well understood. Treatment of calcific tendonitis depends on the extent of symptoms.

Partial Rotator Cuff Tears
A partial rotator cuff tear is a type of torn rotator cuff where only some of the tendon had been damaged. Determining if surgery is necessary for a partial rotator cuff tear depends on the success of other treatments.

How does physical therapy help a rotator cuff tear?
Physical therapy is often recommended as an initial treatment of a rotator cuff tear. However, physical therapy wouldn't seem to help a torn tendon heal. Why is physical therapy often the first treatment recommended for patients with a rotator cuff tear? Learn more.

When Does a Rotator Cuff Tear Require Surgery?
Rotator cuff tears are a common cause of shoulder pain. Some patients with a rotator cuff tear may require surgical treatment, but many patients will not need surgery. When does a rotator cuff tear require surgical treatment?

"Why does my shoulder hurt when throwing?"
Shoulder pain when throwing a ball is a common complaint and can be a frustrating problem. Shoulder pain because of throwing can have several causes, and depends on the age of the patient and the duration of injury to find the diagnosis.

Home Exercises for Shoulders
The strength of your shoulder depends on the coordinated movement of several groups of muscles, including the muscles of the rotator cuff. Find information about shoulder rehab and how to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles.

Rotator Cuff? Rotary Cup?
The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Often called the "rotary cup," the "rotator cup," or the "rotor cuff," the proper name is the rotator cuff.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs
Rotator cuff repairs were traditionally performed through large incisions over the outside of the shoulder. A newer technique, called an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, is a procedure that is done with a television camera (an arthroscope) and allows the surgeon to perform the rotator cuff repair through small incisions.

Internal Impingement Shoulder
Internal impingement is a specific type of shoulder injury that is seen primarily in throwing athletes. Internal impingement consists of injury to the labrum and rotator cuff.

Stories of Rotator Cuff Tears - How I Tore My Rotator Cuff
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Muscles of the Rotator Cuff
The rotator cuff is made of four muscles and tendons: the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the subscapularis, and the teres minor.

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