Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that are needed for function and stability. The cuff can be injured partially, completely, or gradually wear down over time. 


Tearing the cuff can also be caused through repetitive overhead motion, which can come from everything from sports to work. Its symptoms include pain, loss of function, and weakness. A common complication of rotator cuff injury is frozen shoulder. Treatment for injuring the cuff includes physical therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, steroids, and surgery if other treatments fail. After surgery, the recovery for this injury includes a sling for 4-6 weeks.

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A study from the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery looked at 157 patients that had rotator cuff surgery. They found that even 20 years after surgery, a majority (55%) of the patient’s shoulders were in excellent or good condition. Only 10% of patients needed additional surgery and 2.4% needed reverse total shoulder replacement.