The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their tendons that surround the shoulder joint. These muscles work together to stabilize the shoulder joint and facilitate various movements of the arm. A rotator cuff tear refers to a tear or injury in one or more of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears can be classified as partial-thickness tears (involving only a portion of the tendon) or full-thickness tears (extending through the entire thickness of the tendon).
Rotator cuff tears can be caused by various factors, including acute injuries or degenerative changes over time. Here are some common causes of rotator cuff tears:
Get medical help right away, the signs to look for are
Conservative treatment can be suggested like rest, activity modification, physical therapy exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve range of motion, pain medication, and corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
Surgical intervention- Many different types of surgeries are available for rotator cuff injuries, including: