In women, a telltale sign of a rotator cuff injury is feeling pain when putting on their bra or brushing their hair. In men, a telltale sign is pain from putting on a belt or combing hair. All of these motions involve reaching behind your back or overhead with rotation. Other signs and symptoms may be:
● Significant pain the shoulder, that may be present even at rest and often greater at night
● Pain with reaching overhead and/or lowering the arm
● Decreased strength and pain with rotational movements of the shoulder
● Pain or weakness with holding your arm out to the side
● Cracking or grinding sound with certain motionsIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
These muscles are often overlooked. These are not large muscles but incredibly important to the function of your shoulder and it is vital to keep them strong. If a tear is not a complete tear, conservative measures will generally be attempted first with a course of physical therapy which will involve strengthening these muscles and restoring any lost range of motion and function.
In the case of what is referred to as a full thickness tear, a complete tear, surgery will most likely be required in order to repair the torn muscle.