The rotator cuff or rotor cuff is the group of muscles and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder. Repetitive activities and overuse can injure tendons and lead to pain and impaired function. This is called Tendinitis or Tendinopathy. Tendinitis is a common problem that is more likely to occur as people age and in people who routinely perform activities that require repetitive movement that increase stress on susceptible tendons. Rotator cuff tear; the rotator cuff tendon(s) may be torn as a result of injury, chronic Tendinopathy, or a combination of both.
Common signs and symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:
The need to surgically repair a torn rotator cuff depends upon your age, activity level, and the severity of your tear. Surgical repair is usually recommended for people with a complete rotator cuff tear, especially if the person is young and/or active.
There are several surgical options to treat rotator cuff tears, depending on the size, depth, and location of the tear. If other problems with the shoulder are discovered during the surgery, they will be corrected as well.