Rotator Cuff Injury

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a rupture in the four muscles and tendons that stabilise your shoulder joint and support you to lift and rotate your arm. It is also called full-thickness tear or complete tear.

Rotator cuff tears can be easily categorized into two types. A partial tear occurs when the muscles are injured, while a complete rip occurs when the tendon is torn away from the bone.

Similar to Hamstring Tears, it is common for people to have these injuries if they play baseball or tennis. Injuries can be also be the outcome of normal wear and tear, or they might happen if you lift a weight suddenly.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injury

A torn rotator cuff cannot always be felt. But these are the most common symptoms:

  • Suffering from weakness in your shoulder
  • Unable to lift heavyweight
  • Have trouble raising your arms
  • Feeling pain in your arms when you move them in a particular direction
  • Hear popping or clicking when you move your arms

You should at once see your doctor if you suffer from any of these symptoms.

Causes of Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff injury can be the outcome of progressive degeneration or wear and tear of the tendon tissue. It can also be the outcome of substantial injury to the shoulder. Other than that, repetitive overhead activity or heavy lifting for a long time can irritate or damage the tendon.

Rotator Cuff Diagnosis

For diagnosis, our doctors will be dealing with the history of the injury and physical examination of the shoulder. During the assessment, they will check the range of motion and muscle strength. They will also find out more about the movement that makes your shoulders hurt. The doctor may use one of the following methods

  • X rays to detect whether the top of your arm bone is pushing into your rotator cuff space
  • MRI that combines a powerful magnet with radio waves to take detailed pictures of your injury
  • Ultrasound to find out the soft tissues that are muscles and tendons in your shoulder
 

How can 7DMC help?

Our doctors will be using a host of combinations to treat you. They are:

  • Acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory medications will be used to alleviate edema.
  • You will be advised to exercise at home to make you healthier and keep it safe and comfortable.
  • Steroid injections can be given to reduce pain.
  • You will be suggested to rest to provide the area with the time for healing
  • Physical therapy to make your muscles stronger

Exercises must be performed regularly to minimize your risks of suffering a rotator cuff injury. Our specialists will suggest strengthening your muscles in the front or back area of your body. Above all, rotator cuff injury happens to millions across the globe, so there is no need for you to feel alone.