Rotator Cuff Tears

The Rotator Cuff muscles which surround your shoulder joint play an important role in moving the arm. The natural aging process and the rubbing of the Acromion bone when lifting your arm causes the rotator cuff muscles to become thinner over time, which may eventually lead to a tear. Not everyone experiences symptoms after tearing their rotator cuff, with around half of people 60+ with torn rotator cuffs reporting no noticeable symptoms.

The typical symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:

  • Pain due to inflammation
  • Weakness of the arm
  • Loss of power and movement

 The severity of these symptoms will vary depending upon the size of the tear. A torn rotator cuff will never heal. If the inflammation reduces, then your pain will reduce. Sydney Shoulder Clinic can help in managing the symptoms.

How is a Rotator Cuff Tear Treated?

Following a physical examination and X-Rays, treatment may involve a combination of corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy. In severe cases, surgery may be required, but the vast majority of people respond favourably to non-surgical treatment.

You should expect around 1 to 2 months of non-operative treatment before noticing any improvement. If you do not receive any relief from your symptoms within this timeframe, surgery may be considered subject to the degree of lifestyle restriction and MRI findings.

Large Tears

Most people with a torn rotator cuff only experience mild symptoms (if any). If you experience a more considerable loss of function, then this may indicate a large tear. Surgery may be considered subject to the degree of lifestyle restriction and MRI findings. Some patients may develop shoulder arthritis over time.

Rehabilitation Time for Surgical Operation

Those who are required to undergo surgery for a rotator cuff tear will need to undergo a 12-month rehabilitation period.

Book an Appointment at Sydney Shoulder Clinic Today

To schedule a consultation or seek advice about your rotator cuff tear, please call Sydney Shoulder Clinic today on 9744 2201. Ask to speak to Tim Neville physiotherapist, who has a special interest in treating shoulder conditions. He has nearly 40 years of experience and has made himself available to provide obligation free telephone advice if you call him on 9744 2201.