When functioning properly, your rotator cuff allows your arm to smoothly lift and rotate freely. While it’s always best to prevent rotator cuff injuries, sudden inability to fully raise the arm or a loss of muscle mass and declined strength around the shoulder could be due to a tear in the muscles and tendons that comprise the rotator cuff.

Signs of a rotator cuff tear may include:

Shoulder Pain

Sharp pain emanating from the shoulder joint that spreads throughout and over the shoulder or down alongside the arm to the elbow could signify a tear.

Shoulder Stiffness

Aching, cramping, tight, or tender shoulder muscles that lock-up and require frequent massage can be a symptom of a muscle or tendon tear.

Shoulder Weakness

A rotator cuff tear can cause you to be unable to carry heavy objects or perform tasks as simple as getting dressed. A tear can also prevent you from participating in sports activities that involve swinging motions.

Restricted Shoulder Motion

A limited range of motion that makes it difficult to reach, stretch, or lift your arm above your head can be the result of a torn rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Experts

If you are experiencing any of these common rotator cuff tear symptoms, contact the Advanced Orthopedics Institute. Our orthopedic surgeons will fully examine your shoulder to diagnose the source of your discomfort and recommend the right course of action to relieve your pain.

Specialized and Efficient Care

Should rotator cuff surgery be the best option to meet your individual health needs, you can rest assured that your pain will soon subside as most rotator cuff surgeries are outpatient procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay. To get back to a pain-free lifestyle, make an appointment with AOI today by calling 352-751-2862.