Rotator cuff tears are a leading type of orthopedic injury, with over millions of cases diagnosed annually in the U.S. These injuries can result in either a dull ache or a sharp pain deep in the shoulder, often intensifying when lying on the affected side.
The rotator cuff comprises four muscles and various tendons in the shoulder, connecting the upper arm to the shoulder blade. This structure stabilizes the shoulder and facilitates lifting and rotation. Due to its complex makeup, the rotator cuff is prone to injuries from wear and tear, falls, lifting, and repetitive arm actions, as seen in sports like tennis, baseball, or swimming. Rotator cuff tears are categorized into two types: acute and chronic.
The treatment for a rotator cuff injury depends on the tear's severity, location, the patient's age, and activity level. Options include both surgical and non-surgical methods, typically starting with conservative approaches:
While most rotator cuff injuries don't necessitate surgery, severe cases, particularly torn rotator cuffs, might require surgical intervention, such as arthroscopy, especially if other treatments prove ineffective.
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