A rotator cuff tear is a rip in one or more of the tendons that stabilize your shoulder and help you move your arm. Tears can range in size from small areas of fraying of the tendon to a complete tear with retraction of the tendon.
These injuries are common with overuse of the shoulder joint, but can also occur from an trauma such as a fall or lifting a heavy object incorrectly. Though this is a common injury and the tear may be significant, it does not mean surgery is the only option.
Patients who suffer from a rotator cuff tear may consider surgery for pain relief, but surgery is shown to be ineffective for many patients, with 1 in 3 patients not completely healing and up to 60% of patients experiencing retears! Surgery should only be considered after all other treatment options have proven ineffective.
Our non-surgical treatment options have proven effective in using the body’s natural healing ability to reduce pain and restore proper function of your shoulder. We recommend patients undergo a consultation at Derrington Orthopedics to obtain an accurate and complete diagnosis of their rotator cuff injury and determine the best treatment options for their condition.