A rotator cuff tendon could turn inflamed by using it to much, a knock from an accident or just ageing. If active in a sport which requires repeated overhead arm movement or in a job which requires regular lifting of heavy materials it can lead to the straining of rotator cuff tendons and muscles. Tendons are usually strong however after a sustained wearing down process it can lead to tears.
Signs Of A Torn Rotator Cuff
Generally someone who has a rotator cuff injury gets pain above their deltoids muscles at the peak together with the shoulders outer area. This happens particularly once their arm is lifted in the air or moved out away from the side of the body. This can make regular day to day activities like getting dresses extremely painful.
How Is It Diagnosed?
If you have sustained pain or weakened strength on inward or outward motion. There is pain when lowering your arm to the side once your shoulder has been moved backward and your arm is lifted in the air. Doctors could find weakness however might find it hard to calculate the location of the tear from a physical examination. An X ray often shows nothing abnormal. Taking an MRI scan will help in locating extensive tears however will not locate a partial tear. An arthrogram instead of a MRI may be used for inspection of the area to conclude diagnosis.
How To Treat A Torn Rotator Cuff
Firstly you’ll most likely be told to rest the injured shoulder and take the prescribed medicine. Electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, a coristone injection or various exercises are likely treatments before surgery. If there is no sign that the shoulder is improving then open surgery may be performed.