If you have a rotator cuff tear, you will experience pain over the outside of the shoulder and upper arm. This pain will usually be most noticeable while performing overhead activities (with the arm above head height) and at night when trying to get comfortable sleeping. With a severe rotator cuff tear, the pain may frequently wake you up.
If you’ve been experiencing steady pain in the rotator cuff area of your shoulder, and non-surgical methods have not helped, you may need surgery.
Signs that surgery may be indicated:
- Your symptoms have lasted 6 to 12 months
- You have a large tear (more than 3 cm)
- You have significant weakness and loss of function in your shoulder
- Your tear was caused by a recent, acute injury
Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of the upper arm bone or humerus. Our experienced surgeons at Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center will discuss with you the many options available for repairing your specific rotator cuff injury.
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