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Rotator Cuff Tear

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator cuff tear is a common injury that can cause pain and limit mobility in the shoulder. At Integrated Pain Consultants in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona, Nikesh Seth, MD, and the pain management specialists offer comprehensive care and cutting-edge treatments to effectively manage rotator cuff tears and return you to full function. Call the location nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to find relief from pain.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What does a rotator cuff tear feel like?

A rotator cuff is a group of tissues that support and stabilize the shoulder joint. Any injury to the rotator cuff can cause pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, and a tear is no different. Understanding the difference between a strain and a tear can be difficult, which is why seeking a professional diagnosis is essential.

Your rotator cuff allows you to reach up and lift your arms. A tear or injury can significantly affect your ability to perform daily activities and diminish your quality of life. If you suspect you have a rotator cuff tear, prompt diagnosis and treatment are critical to preserving your shoulder function and overall mobility.

What are the most common warning signs of a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear isn’t always a sudden or obvious injury. It can develop over time and cause gradual symptoms, such as:

  • Pain and tenderness in the shoulder
  • Weakness or loss of strength in the affected arm
  • Difficulty or pain when lifting or reaching overhead
  • Clicking or popping sound when moving the arm
  • Shoulder stiffness or limited range of motion
  • Trouble sleeping on the affected side

If you experience any of the above symptoms, Integrated Pain Consultants provides comprehensive care for rotator cuff tears to help you return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

How long does a rotator cuff tear take to heal without surgery?

Mild rotator cuff tears may heal within 4-6 weeks, but more complex injuries can take up to six months. The severity of your tear, your age, and your medical history are all factors that contribute to how quickly you may heal. 

The quickest way to speed up your recovery is to be proactive. Physical therapy, strength training, and medication management are effective tools to help encourage healing while minimizing pain.

How is a rotator cuff tear treated?

Integrated Pain Consultants offers many cutting-edge treatments to help treat rotator cuff tears without surgery. Depending on the severity of your injury, your pain management specialist may include any of the following in your individualized treatment plan:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Chiropractic care
  • Manipulation under anesthesia
  • Immobilization
  • Nerve blocks

In advanced cases, your provider may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for rotator cuff repair surgery.

Call Integrated Pain Consultants today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.