ROTATOR CUFF TEAR
The Rotator Cuff is the primary muscular unit that provides stability and function to the shoulder. It is crucial for a healthy shoulder to maintain an intact rotator cuff.
Partial rotator cuff tears are generally just wear and tear and they can heal without surgical intervention. They are usually successfully treated with medications, injections and therapy.
Full thickness rotator cuff tears are more serious and they frequently require surgical repair. They are holes in the tendon that must be patched and closed in order to relieve pain and restore strength and function.
Most RTC tears can be treated and repaired through outpatient arthroscopic surgery. A successful repair also requires a diligent post-op rehabilitation program to protect the RTC tendon while it heals and to later restore the shoulder’s strength and motion.