Lingering shoulder pain can get in the way of an active, fulfilling lifestyle. Severe shoulder symptoms can even interfere with one’s ability to perform their occupational duties and favorite pastimes. Rotator cuff tears are among the most common causes of ongoing shoulder pain and dysfunction. Read on to learn about the signs of a torn rotator cuff and treatment options offered for this shoulder problem.
What Are the Signs of a Torn Rotator Cuff?
A rotator cuff issue can develop as a result of acute shoulder trauma or degeneration of shoulder tendons as one ages. Depending on the cause and nature of the tear, the severity of symptoms may vary from mild to debilitating. To avoid worsening symptoms, it’s important to recognize the signs of a torn rotator cuff and seek prompt treatment from an orthopedic expert.
Common symptoms which may indicate a rotator cuff injury include:
- A dull ache in the affected shoulder
- Pain and weakness extending from the shoulder down the arm
- Reduced range of motion in the shoulder joint
- Difficulty lifting and reaching, especially overhead and behind your back
- Trouble sleeping, performing daily tasks or doing hobbies
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, seeking professional diagnosis and treatment early on is key. Many rotator cuff injuries can be effectively treated with nonsurgical methods such as rest, medication and physical therapy. In case conservative treatments do not provide sufficient relief, however, it is wise to seek care from a shoulder surgery specialist like Dr. Soffer in Reading, PA. This way, you will already be in the right place should you need to explore surgical treatment for your rotator cuff injury.
Receive World-Class Shoulder Care from Dr. Soffer
After undergoing rigorous training including a sports medicine fellowship with world-renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Soffer has come to be an expert in orthopedics. He was the first surgeon to perform minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery in Berks County, and he now instructs courses on this procedure for other surgeons.
Additionally, Dr. Soffer offers the full range of nonsurgical treatment options for rotator cuff tears and other shoulder issues. To learn more and schedule an appointment, call our Wyomissing, PA office at 610-375-4949.