Rotator Cuff Tear Relief

Rotator cuff tears occur in the shoulder and can occur from falling on an outstretched arm, lifting something too heavy, or even general wear-and-tear.


The surgeons at Onward Orthopedics are rotator cuff tear experts.


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What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?



One of the most important parts of your shoulder, the rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and a handful of tendons that hold your shoulder in place. The rotator cuff protects your shoulder joint while allowing you to lift your arm, throw a ball, swing a racket, and even paint. Tears to this region of the shoulder are common results of daily wear and tear, especially from overuse in sports. Although a rotator cuff tear can also occur after falling on an outstretched hand.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear

Pain at rest and at night, especially if lying on the hurt shoulder
Pain when lifting and lowering your arm
Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm
Crackling sensations when moving your shoulder in certain positions

How is a Rotator Cuff Tear Treated?

Rotator cuffs can get larger over time if left untreated. If treated soon enough, conservative care such as physical therapy, steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medication may relieve the pain. However, if you are a very active individual and experience continued pain, Onward Orthopedics physicians may recommend minimally invasive rotator cuff repair surgery.


Rotator cuff surgery utilizes shoulder arthroscopy to help repair damaged tissue within the shoulder.