A Rotator Cuff Tear Can Be Painful – See a Shoulder Specialist at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in DeKalb, IL
Rotator cuff tear evaluation and treatment services are available from experienced orthopaedic specialists at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, where we provide a full range of advanced treatment options for all conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, including the complex shoulder joint. If you live, work, or play in the DeKalb, Illinois, area, you don’t have to let the discomfort of a damaged rotator cuff interfere with your active lifestyle. We’re here to help.
A rotator cuff tear is usually an overuse injury that occurs gradually over a prolonged period of time. Repetitive overhead movements, such as those involved in a baseball pitch or tennis serve, can cause progressive inflammation (tendonitis) to develop in the muscles and tendons in the shoulder. This can lead to an eventual tear in the tendon that connects the shoulder muscles to the bone. The rotator cuff can also be damaged through trauma, such as a hard fall onto a shoulder or outstretched hand, or heavy lifting.
Some telltale symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:
- A dull ache deep within the shoulder
- Pain that occurs when an arm is raised overhead
- Weakness in an affected arm
- Shoulder joint stiffness
Because many of these symptoms are very similar to those associated with shoulder arthritis and a “pinched nerve” in the neck, it is important to have them evaluated by a shoulder specialist who can provide an accurate diagnosis. At MOI, our comprehensive diagnostic process includes taking a medical history, performing a physical exam, and evaluating imaging studies.
If a shoulder specialist at MOI diagnoses rotator cuff tendonitis without a tear, we may recommend a short period of rest, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, or steroid injections, possibly followed by a supervised physical therapy program designed to restore shoulder strength and range of motion. A partial or complete rotator cuff tear may require surgical repair, which may sometimes be performed arthroscopically, depending on the severity and complexity of the tear.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain or other symptoms of a rotator cuff tear and would like to speak with an expert at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in DeKalb IL, contact us to schedule a personal appointment.