Ask the Expert: What is a torn rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder
in place. It’s one of the most important parts of the shoulder.
It allows you to lift your arm and reach up. The rotator cuff may be damaged
from a fall or other injury to the shoulder, or damage may occur slowly
over time. Athletes and construction workers often have rotator cuff injuries
due to repetitive movement and overuse of the shoulder.
Treatment may include rest, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, strengthening
and stretching exercises, or steroid injections. If other treatments don’t
help, you may need surgery to relieve pain and help restore function and
flexibility. This may include shaving off bone spurs that are pinching
the shoulder, or repairing torn tendons or muscles in the shoulder.
Dr. Williams specializes in the treatment of common and complex disorders involving
all aspects of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. This includes
joint replacements for shoulders.