A rotator cuff injury is a strain or tear in the group of tendons and muscles that hold your shoulder joint together and help move your shoulder.
A rotator cuff injury may result from:
The symptoms of a torn rotator cuff are:
Your healthcare provider will examine you and check your shoulder for pain, tenderness, and loss of motion as you move your arm in all directions. Your provider will ask if your shoulder pain began suddenly or gradually. You may have an X-ray to make sure there are not any fractures or bone spurs.
Based on these results, you may have other tests or procedures right away or later, such as:
A tendon in your shoulder can be inflamed, partially torn, or completely torn. What is done about it depends on how torn it is and how much it hurts.
If your tear is minor, it can be left to heal by itself if it does not interfere with your everyday activities. To treat this condition:
Full recovery depends on what is torn and how it is treated.
Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Return to your activities depends on how soon your shoulder recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury has occurred. In general, the longer you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to get better. The goal of rehabilitation is to return you to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury.
You may safely return to your normal activities when:
The best way to prevent another injury is to strengthen your shoulder muscles and do shoulder exercises. Be careful when doing repetitive overhead activities.