Specialties

  • Rotator Cuff Tear

  • The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach to the bones of the shoulder joint, allowing the shoulder to move and keeping it stable.

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis refers to irritation of these tendons and inflammation of the bursa lining these tendons.

    Rotator cuff repair in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

    A rotator cuff tear occurs when one of the tendons is torn from overuse or injury.

    Rotator Cuff Tear

    The pain with a sudden tear after a fall or injury is usually intense. Weakness of the shoulder and arm is often present, along with a snapping sensation of movement.

    Symptoms of a chronic rotator cuff tear include a gradual worsening of pain, weakness, and stiffness or loss of motion. The exact point when a rotator cuff tear begins in someone with chronic shoulder tendinitis may or may not be noticed.

    Most people with rotator cuff tendon tears have pain at night. Pain that is worse at night may wake you up. During the day, the pain is more tolerable and hurts with certain movements.

    Over time, the symptoms become much worse and are not relived by medicines, rest or exercise.

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