The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles that converge around the shoulder joint at the top of the humerus and the bone of the upper arm. While your shoulder is one of your most mobile joints, it's also somewhat weak. Too much stress, or strenuous exercise can cause partial tears and swelling in the tendons of the rotator cuff.
Abrupt stress may even cause one of the tendons to tear away from the bone, or tear in the middle of the tendon.
A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults and can severely weaken your shoulder. This means daily activities like combing your hair or getting dressed, may become painful and difficult to do.
Types of RCT's include
Symptoms of a RCT include
How to treat your RCT
If you have a rotator cuff tear and keep using your injured arm despite the increasing pain, you may be causing further damage as a rotator cuff tear can get larger over time.
There are several treatment options for a RCT, and it differs from person to person. Your treatment depends on your age, activity level, general health and the type of tear you have.
Since surgical methods have not shown evidence of better results, many doctors first recommend nonsurgical management of RCT's.