How much do you know about Rotator Cuff Tears?
-The “rotator cuff” is the group of 4 muscles and their tendons responsible for keeping the shoulder joint stable.
-Rotator cuff tears are more common later in life, but also can occur in younger people.
-When left untreated, a rotator cuff tear can cause severe pain and a decrease in the ability to use the arm.
-If you have sustained a rotator cuff tear you may experience the following: pain over the top of the shoulder or down the outside of the arm, shoulder weakness, loss of shoulder motion, a feeling of weakness or heaviness in the arm, inability to lift the arm to reach up, or reach behind the back and/or inability to perform common daily activities due to pain and limited motion.
-To avoid developing a rotator cuff tear from an existing shoulder problem, it is imperative to stop performing actions that could make it worse.
-Your physical therapist can help you strengthen your rotator cuff muscles, train you to avoid potentially harmful positions, and determine when it is appropriate for you to return to your normal activities.
***Contact your physician to refer you to physical therapy for a full evaluation as soon as symptoms begin for immediate attention and a quicker recovery!***
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A rotator cuff tear occurs when injuries to the muscles or tendons cause tissue damage or disruption.