Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator cuff injuries become increasingly common beyond 40 years of age. A rotator cuff tear can result in a painful shoulder with difficulty in raising the arm.

Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment
Rotator Cuff Tear

A group of 4 tendons around the shoulder ball-and-socket joint make up the rotator cuff. They are involved in shoulder movement which is important for daily activities.

Rotator cuff tears can be caused by an accident such as a fall, or carrying of heavy loads. In some individuals, rotator cuff tears occur over as a result of tendon degeneration.

Degenerative tears can be caused by shoulder impingement. Bone spurs can dig into the underlying tendon. When this happens, bone spurs result in tendon attrition over time, predisposing to tendon tears

Repetitive movements of the shoulder can also result in overuse injury and stress the muscle tendon unit, causing a tear.

Anyone over the age of 40

People who play tennis, badminton, basketball etc

Occupations that involve repetitive shoulder movements such as painters, mechanics, labourers

Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:

Pain and difficulty raising your arm

Shoulder pain that affects sleep

Shoulder weakness and difficulty lifting items

Rotator cuff tears don’t heal on their own without surgery, but patients can improve functionally and reduce pain with nonsurgical treatment such as strengthening their shoulder muscles and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

A complete or high grade rotator cuff tear, especially in relatively young and active individuals, will benefit from rotator cuff repair which is done through small keyhole incisions.

You should visit a shoulder or rotator cuff tear specialist as soon as possible. They will have a discussion about your medical history, and carry out a range of tests including movement assessments.

An MRI is also needed for further evaluation.

Early treatment with proper management of the condition will give you the best chance of a quick recovery. Don’t delay in receiving proper rotator cuff tear treatment. Make an appointment with Dr Dennis Ng now.

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