Jump to navigation. Rotator cuff tears are notoriously difficult to treat. They involve a tear or injury to one of the many tendons and muscles that move the shoulder, often causing pain, poor range of motion, and muscular weakness. Rotator cuff injuries are often small and get worse over time with repetitive motion. Common treatments include physiotherapy, surgery, and rest - which is a lot easier said than done considering your shoulder moves your entire arm!
During the physical exam, your doctor will press on different parts of your shoulder and move your arm into different positions. He or she will also test the strength of the muscles around your shoulder and in your arms. Our caring team of Mayo Clinic experts can help you with your rotator cuff injury-related health concerns Start Here. Conservative treatments — such as rest, ice and physical therapy — sometimes are all that's needed to recover from a rotator cuff injury. If your injury is severe, you might need surgery. If conservative treatments haven't reduced your pain, your doctor might recommend a steroid injection into your shoulder joint, especially if the pain is interfering with your sleep, daily activities or physical therapy.
When Does a Rotator Cuff Tear Really Require Surgery?
The patient is a year-old male presenting in our office, with complaints of bilateral shoulder pain right worse than left. The patient works at a grocery store and his work involves significant lifting and reaching overhead. The patient has had cortisone injections and physical therapy in the past and has had not much relief.
A year-old man presents to the office with left shoulder pain that has persisted for several months. He notices the left shoulder is not as strong as the right shoulder but denies any previous injury. Anteroposterior radiograph of the left shoulder is obtained Figure.