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What are the Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tear?

Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

Unless cased by a sudden accident, Rotator cuff tear symptoms usually appear slowly.

Rotator cuff pain may be really mild at the start and gradually increase with repeated overhead activity. The pain is usually felt at the front of your shoulder and spreads down the arm. The pain gradually increases and is felt at very little activity or even at rest.

You may also feel pain while lying down on the affected side. Stiffness and consequent loss of motion result.

Sudden Rotator Cuff Tears

If on the other hand the rotator cuff snaps suddenly because of a fall or fracture, the patient usually feels the snapping of the muscle and suffers an instant weakening of the arm and acute pain.

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What Causes Rotator Cuff Tear?

Causes of Rotator Cuff Tear

A torn rotator cuff is often caused by a sudden and acute fall.

People most likely to suffer a torn rotator cuff are those whose jobs involve repetitive overhead movement, such as construction, stocking shelves or even painting.

Swimmers, tennis players, pitchers and other athletes, where their sportĀ  continuously stretches the upper body, are also very susceptible to injuries rotator cuff tears.

People suffering from prolonged or repetitive trauma are also likely to suffer rotator cuff injuries. It is also common among people who have shoulder dislocation or shoulder fractures.

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Alternatives to Rotator Cuff Surgery

What are the alternatives to Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Rotator cuff repairs can be achieved by surgery, but in some cases surgery may not be necessary to repair the rotator cuff.

Non-surgical treatment is usually appropriate for people who suffer from shoulder pain without a decrease in shoulder strength caused by the rotator cuff injury.

There are three main non-surgical options for treating rotator cuff injuries. These are:

1. Avoiding pain inducing activities
2. Pain relief injections
3. Perform shoulder exercises

Avoiding pain-inducing activities can itself lead to increasing stiffness and frozen shoulder.

Injections can result in reduced pain and stiffness, but the improvement is temporary. In addition there is the risk of side effects such as infection.

Shoulder pain exercises are usually the best non-surgical option, but the level of success will depend upon the amount of arthritis present under the acromioclavicular joint of the shoulder.

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