5 Signs Of A Rotator Cuff Tear

April 14, 2016
G2 Orthopedics

The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles in the shoulder. The muscles form into tendons that attach to the arm bone and help raise the arm. A rotator cuff tear can occur from years of use, repetitive overuse, an injury while lifting, a fall or a pulling injury to the arm. If one or more of the muscles tear, it can lead to pain and weakness.

5 Signs of a Tear:

  1. Pain at night when lying on shoulder.
  2. Pain and weakness lifting the arm above shoulder level.
  3. Aching pain on the side of the shoulder (not back of shoulder).
  4. No improvement with over the counter medications.
  5. Difficulty lifting a gallon of milk out of fridge.

What you should do if you have 3 or more of these signs:

  • See an orthopedic shoulder expert with sports medicine training.
  • Ask for an x-ray and a thorough examination.
  • In some cases an injection or therapy may be prescribed.
  • Otherwise an MRI may be ordered.

For a thorough evaluation for a possible rotator cuff tear you may book an appointment online or call 804-678-9000.