All About Rotator Cuff Injury

All About Rotator Cuff Injury


By Dr. P. Sharat Kumar,Orthopaedics

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons which surround the shoulder blade and is responsible for keeping the tip of the humerus within the socket of your shoulder. A rotator cuff injury worsens when you sleep on the side of your body with the injured rotator cuff. The risks of a rotator cuff injury increase with age and also if your job requires you to perform overhead motions. The most common treatment for a rotator cuff injury is physical therapy, although surgery or joint replacements may be required. Here is everything you need to know about the rotator cuff injury.


1. Dull pain in your shoulder
2. Increased pain when you sleep on the affected rotator cuff
3. Pain combing your hair
4. Weakness in your arm


The causes of a rotator cuff injury are usually either injury to the shoulder and wear and tear of the tissues of the tendons. However, there are several factors which put you at increased risks of getting a rotator cuff injury. These include age, some sports. Genetics also play a huge role.


1. Physical Therapy:
This is the most common treatment given to patients and can usually relieve the patient of the pain.

2. Injections:
Steroids are sometimes injected into your shoulder if physical therapy does not work.

3. Surgery:
There are a lot of surgeries which can help repair a rotator cuff injury including tendon transfer, shoulder replacement and bone spur removal.