A rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder joints, helping to keep the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shoulder’s shallow socket. A rip in this group of muscles or tendon refers to a rotator cuff tear. The symptoms associated with the rotator cuff tear may include a dull ache deep in the shoulder, disturbed sleep, and arm weakness.

A rotator cuff tear may result from either a progressive degeneration of the tendon tissues or a substantial injury to the shoulder. Heavy lifting or repetitive overhead activity over a prolonged time may damage or irritate the tendons. Your age, construction job, and family history are risk factors contributing to the rotator cuff tear. Untreated rotator cuff tear may lead to some complications of permanent loss of motion or weakness.
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Your GP may press different parts of your shoulder or move it in several ways to determine the range of motion and the severity of the injury. In some cases, your GP may also recommend imaging tests, including X-rays and MRIs, to know if other changes or problems are causing your pain.

Conservative treatments, such as rest, ice massage, and compression, help reduce the mild symptoms. Besides this, your healthcare professional may also recommend medications and physical therapy for further improvements. If symptoms persist for several months, you may need surgery.

Arthroscopic tendon repair, open tendon repair, tendon transfer, and shoulder replacement are some common surgical treatments performed to treat severe conditions of rotator cuff tear. If you had rotator cuff tear injury in the past or are suspected of developing rotator cuff tear, you should adopt some preventive measures to avoid the risks of injuries. Avoid any extreme ranges of movement in your shoulder to prevent future damage.

Daily shoulder strengthening exercises are also helpful to keep your shoulder safe. Experts also suggest avoiding sleeping on an overstretched arm that can damage the rotator cuff.

Wearing a shoulder brace helps stabilize or immobilize your rotator cuff to avoid further damages. Braces also help strengthen the recovered area to prevent reinjury. 360 relief provides you with the best shoulder braces to help with the rotator cuff tear before and after the injury.

How Does A Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Occur?

A shoulder rotator is torn because of two main reasons, one being from an injury and degeneration of the bone. Injury happens when a person suddenly falls on an outstretched hand. It may also occur due to repetitive activity. Moreover, degeneration of tissues happens due to ageing.

Can A Torn Shoulder Rotator Cuff Heal On Its Own?

No, a torn shoulder rotator cuff cannot heal on its own. Minor injury in the rotator cuff can heal through nonsurgical treatments by strengthening the shoulder. However, in severe conditions, you might need surgery.

How Much Time A Torn Shoulder Rotator Cuff Take To Heal?

Most of the recoveries can take 4 to 6 months. Recovery also depends on the size of the tear. You can resume most of your activities after six months.

What Happens If A Torn Shoulder Rotator Cuff Is Left Untreated?

If you leave a rotator cuff tear untreated, it will become a reason for severely restricting function and range of motion. The tear may also increase over time. It may also cause a partial rotator cuff tear to develop into a severe injury.

Can I Drive With A Torn Shoulder Rotator Cuff?

If you are suffering from a torn shoulder rotator cuff, you have to avoid driving for at least 12 weeks or until your doctor allows you to do so.

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