Your rotator cuff isn’t one specific part of your body. Rather, it’s a group of muscles and tendons that work together to support your shoulder and its movements. Rotator cuff injuries usually lead to a dull ache in your shoulder. This pain is often worse when your arm is held away from your body, which puts the most stress on the joint.
The most obvious symptom of a rotator cuff injury is pain, which is usually described as a deep, dull ache in the shoulder. Additional symptoms may include:
Sometimes you may know exactly what caused your shoulder pain. This is usually an abrupt injury — perhaps from a car accident or while playing a sport. But other times, rotator cuff injuries result from wear and tear over time. Some repetitive actions, such as lifting things overhead at work, may irritate and eventually damage your tendons. Age is often a factor in these kinds of injuries.
The AHN Orthopaedic Institute offers a wide variety of
treatment options, depending on your symptoms and whether the tendons in your
shoulder are irritated or torn. These can include:
Left untreated, rotator cuff injuries may result in permanent arm weakness or a loss of motion. If you’re experiencing any weakness or a reduced range of motion, you should contact your doctor.