• Shouldering The Burden: Fully Torn Rotator Cuffs

    A torn rotator cuff refers to an injury to the group of four muscles and tendons that meet at the head of the humerus, which is attached to the shoulder blade. A fully torn rotator cuff, which is also called a full-thickness or complete tear, means that one or more tendons have completely torn. This is usually caused by trauma such as a sports injury or degenerative, meaning wear and tear over time. Tell tale symptoms such as shoulder pain and weakness along with limited range of mobility are characteristic of a fully torn rotator cuff. Patients often report that the shoulder pain worsens when lifting or lowering the arm, and when resting at night if when laying on the affected side.

    A fully torn rotator cuff will worsen if left untreated. The pain and weakness can make every day life difficult to manage. Self care tasks, such as bathing and dressing or doing those for others, like caring for children, become challenging and painful. Early treatment may include nonsurgical options such as pain medication, rest, avoidance of certain activities, and physical therapy. Many people with a rotator cuff tear may eventually opt for orthopaedic surgery.

    If you’re looking for an orthopaedic doctor in Bolingbrook, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our physicians have extensive experience treating rotator cuff injuries .