Common Shoulder Conditions
© 2018 Peter Hallam
MRI of rotator attaching to bone. This attachment is torn off when there is a tear of the Rotator Cuff.
After a fall, a wrenching injury to the shoulder or perhaps with no warning the rotator cuff tendon can tear off its bony attachment.
A painful, weak arm with difficulty performing overhead activities.
X rays and either an ultrasound or MRI scan
Non-Operative: Tears of the rotator cuff can be treated with physiotherapy to strengthen up the non-affected muscles and tendons around the shoulder. Injections of local anaesthetic and cortisone can be given to reduce pain.
Operative: If the above treatments fail then the rotator cuff tears can be repaired with either keyhole or open surgery depending on the size of the tear.
Rotator Cuff Tear