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Rotator Cuff Tears & Surgery

Rotator Cuff Tears & Surgery

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons in the shoulder joint that provides support and enables a wider range of motion. Major injury to these tendons may result in a tear, called a rotator cuff tear. These tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in adults and may require surgery. It may occur with repeated use of your arm while playing sports or during motor accidents and may cause severe pain, weakness of the arm, and a crackling sensation when moving the shoulder in certain positions. This may result in stiffness, swelling, loss of movement, and tenderness in the front of the shoulder.

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Rotator cuff tears are best viewed on magnetic resonance imaging. Symptomatic relief may be obtained with conservative treatments–rest, shoulder sling, pain medications, steroidal injections, and certain exercises; however, surgery may be required to attach the tendon back to the shoulder bone. Repairs may be performed by open surgery or arthroscopic surgery procedure. In an arthroscopic procedure, space for the tendons will be increased, and the tear is repaired using suture anchors and arthroscopy equipment. These anchor sutures help in attaching the tendons to the shoulder bone. Following the surgery, you may be advised to practice motion and strengthening exercises.

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