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Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Tear services offered in Jacksonville and Middleburg, FL

Ongoing shoulder pain and weakness can be symptoms of a rotator cuff tear. At Integrity Spine & Orthopedics in Jacksonville, Florida, our skilled orthopedic specialists are highly trained in rotator cuff tear treatments. We can repair damaged tissues and restore joint mobility. Call the Integrity Spine & Orthopedics office to schedule an evaluation, or use the online booking feature today.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

Your rotator cuff is the tendons and muscles that cover your shoulder joint and hold your arms in their proper places. They allow your shoulder joints to move seamlessly. Torn tendons in your rotator cuff are an often-debilitating injury you don’t have to live with. See the Integrity Spine & Orthopedics team at the first sign of a problem.

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?

The symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Dull aching pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems lifting your arm
  • Arm weakness
  • Reduced range of motion

A rotator cuff injury can make reaching your arm behind your back or combing your hair challenging or impossible. You might not notice any symptoms after a minor rotator cuff tear.

Possible complications that can develop due to an untreated rotator cuff tear include permanent weakness and loss of range of motion.

What are the common causes of rotator cuff tears?

The common causes of rotator cuff tears include:

  • Tendon wear-and-tear
  • Repetitive motions
  • Heavy lifting
  • Falls
  • Accidents
  • Family history of rotator cuff problems
  • Physically demanding jobs
  • Older age
  • Playing contact sports

Avoid repetitive motions, use proper lifting techniques, and warm up and train properly to reduce your chance of developing a rotator cuff tear.

How does my provider diagnose rotator cuff tears?

To diagnose a rotator cuff tear, our specialists review your symptoms and complete a physical exam. You might need an imaging procedure like X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound.

Our team personalizes each treatment plan based on your lifestyle and the severity of your injury.

How are rotator cuff tears treated?

The standard treatments for rotator cuff tears include:

  • Resting your shoulder joint
  • Avoiding heavy lifting
  • Using ice or heat packs
  • Taking over-the-counter medicines to reduce swelling and pain

You might need physical therapy, joint injections, or shoulder surgery (tendon repair, tendon transfer, or shoulder replacement) to fix your rotator cuff problem.

Our goal is to restore your shoulder joint’s structure and function, giving you the best quality of life possible.

Call the Integrity Spine & Orthopedics office or schedule an appointment online today to find out if you have a rotator cuff tear.