When to Seek Care for Rotator Cuff Injuries
What Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that control your shoulder’s stability and ability to rotate. Rotator cuff tears can result from trauma to the shoulder or from years of repetitive reaching and lifting. They commonly occur in people ages 50 and older. Partial tears are common among younger athletes who participate in overhead and throwing sports such as swimming, baseball, and tennis.
When to Seek Care
Shoulder pain that disturbs your sleep or makes it hard to perform daily activities -- such as getting dressed or simply lifting your arm overhead -- should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the shoulder joint. Your doctor will use a variety of imaging tests, including X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound imaging, to evaluate the severity of your tear and determine the best course of treatment.
Orthopaedic Care Within 24 Hours
In many cases, an orthopaedic provider may see you the same day you call for an appointment or within the next 24 hours.
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Is Shoulder Surgery Necessary?
Surgery to repair the rotator cuff tear may be recommended if:
- Your shoulder pain continues despite non-surgical treatments
- You have a complete tear (not a partial tear)
- You are an athlete who wants to return to a high level of performance