What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Is an injury to one of the four rotator cuff tendons, that commonly begins with fraying of the tendon and may advance to a tear. There are two types of tears:

Partial Tear: These are very common and may or may not be painful. The tear does not project through the entire tendon. This condition usually responds well to non-surgical intervention

Full-Thickness Tear: Commonly referred to as complete tear. The tear projects through the entire tendon tissue. Surgery is usually considered, however many factors are taken into account like function, strength, and shoulder motion, as well as patient’s activity level. A trial of non-surgical intervention is usually recommended prior to surgery.

Rotator cuff tendonitis is an acute inflammation of the tendon from irritation or overuse of the region. If the condition persists for more then 3 months it is usually considered chronic and is referred to as tendinosis.

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Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear?

  • Deep or superficial pain in or around the shoulder joint
  • Stiffness/pain with movement
  • Limited movement of the shoulder
  • Grinding and cracking sounds with movement
  • Pain radiating from the shoulder to elbow

Causes of a Rotator Cuff Tear?

  • Rotator cuff tears are the result of either injury or degeneration. Rotator cuff tears either happen suddenly, such as when falling on an outstretched hand, or they develop over time due to repetitive activities. However, degeneration of the rotator cuff tissue due to aging can also cause a tear. 

Rotator Cuff Tear Solutions in NJ

Here at Performance Rehabilitation, we have many options to treat your rotator cuff tear, including non-surgical and surgical.

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