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Rotator Cuff Surgery

What is a Rotator Cuff?

A rotator cuff is a group of four shoulder muscles and strong, fibrous collagen tissues called tendons that attach the muscles to the shoulder blade and arm bone. The Rotator cuff acts as one unit to stabilize and support the shoulder joint.

It’s these muscles and tendons that allow you to lift and rotate your shoulder. The unit of muscles and tendons together is called the Rotator Cuff Tendon.

Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries

Most Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries are Trauma and Degeneration 

  • Age
  • Bone Spurs
  • Broken Collarbone
  • Falling
  • Lack of Blood Supply
  • Overuse
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Strain

Acute Tears typically happen when you fall down or try to live something too heavy.

Degenerative Tears are usually caused by wear and tear of the shoulder muscles and tendons over time. This type of injury is typically age-related.

Treatment Options for Torn Rotator Cuff

Non-Surgical Treatments for a Torn Rotator Cuff

  • Anti-Inflammatories
  • Physical Therapy
  • Shoulder Rest
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgery

Surgery is usually the last resort for rotator cuff injuries when all other treatments have failed. If you have a large tear and symptoms have been ongoing for several months you might be a good candidate for surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will let you know if rotator cuff surgery is an option for you.


An experienced Orthopedic Surgeon or Sports Medicine Specialist has extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions and how to treat them. They use cutting-edge surgical techniques to help you restore movement to your joints, ankles, back and neck so you can get back to your normal activities.

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