Many people have shoulder pain, but don’t know what their rotator cuff is or does.
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint. It’s often the culprit when athletes have shoulder pain after years of throwing or swinging. Tendons can be torn or worn from their original placement on the bone and require shoulder surgery to repair.
Shoulder pain can also be caused by a repetitive stress injury at work. For instance, a carpenter or painter may injure his or her rotator cuff.
There are many ways to treat rotator cuff injuries depending on their severity. Surgery is an option for large tears or severe rotator cuff injuries.
Mercyhealth Orthopedic Center of Excellence orthopedic experts offer a range of treatments from conservative to more invasive: physical therapy, orthopedic devices, injection therapies and reconstruction surgery.