Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common musculo-skeletal disorders. Each year there are approximately 200,000 Americans that require surgery in order to repair a torn rotator cuff. In addition, another 400,000 Americans have surgery in order to correct rotator cuff tendinitis or partial tears.
Signs of a rotator cuff tear:
- Pain and tenderness in your shoulder
- Pain is most prevalent when reaching overhead, reaching behind your back, lifting, pulling, or sleeping on the injured side
- Weakness in the shoulder
- Loss of shoulder mobility
- Snapping or cracking sounds when moving the shoulder
Rotator cuff injuries occur in a variety of populations. Athletes of all ages and individuals 65 and older are most susceptible to rotator cuff injury. Athletes are susceptible because of the high levels of physical stress exerted in their sports. Seniors are at risk because of the everyday wear and tear that occurs with aging.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain consult with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.
You may want to consider having surgery for a rotator cuff injury if…
- Your symptoms have lasted 6 – 12 months
- You have a complete tear
- You have significant weakness and loss of mobility in your shoulder
- Your tear and symptoms were noted after a recent, acute injury