Rotator cuff tear is one of the most common painful conditions of the shoulder, leading to loss of function, stiffness and pain, that may be present even at rest.
Rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that is responsible for controlling the movement of the shoulder. This muscle can tear in young people after sports injuries and in elderly with minimal jerk or even on activities of daily living. Patients with rotator cuff tear have painful shoulder movements, stiffness and loss of power and function, depending on the size of tear.
Pain can be severe and can be present even at rest.
Injury to the rotator cuff is diagnosed after clinical examination and with MRI or Ultrasound scan.
Small tears of the rotator cuff can be treated by physiotherapy and medications or an injection in the shoulder.
Large tears usually need surgical treatment using Arthroscopy-- a key hole surgery technique. Following surgery the shoulder is protected in a support for 3-5 weeks followed by physiotherapy for 1-2 months. Excellent recovery is usually possible provided, the injury is treated in time and has not been neglected for many months before taking treatment.
Dr Jayant Arora is an expert in treatment of shoulder problems. He is currently Director and Head of the department of Orthopaedics at Parkway hospital, Gurgaon He is also available at his private clinic-- Gurgaon knee and Shoulder Clinic in Sector 56 Gurgaon.