Rotator Cuff Tears
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and several tendons that cover the top of the upper arm bone (humerus), hold it in place and enable the arm to rotate.
Although rotator cuff tears may occur from an injury, most tears result from wear and tear. Athletes– including baseball and tennis players, weight lifters and rowers – are susceptible.
Symptoms include pain with the lifting of the arm; pain when lowering the arm; weakness when moving the arm; and/or a crackling sensation when moving the shoulder in certain positions.
Treatments may include rest, a sling, medications, injections, physical therapy, Regenerative Injection Therapy with platelets and stem cells, and/or arthroscopic surgery.