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rotator cuff

The rotator cuff consists of a variety of muscles and tendons that contribute to the movement of the arm and shoulder. Pain and limited movement in the shoulder area can be indicative of a rotator cuff injury.


A shoulder rotator cuff injury can result from repetitive strain or sudden trauma. Repetitive strain often occurs with overhead movements, common in certain professions or sports. Sudden trauma can happen from a fall onto the arm or sudden exertion of the arm.


Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the extent of the injury.


Treatment options depend on the severity of the injury. Conservative approaches may include pain medication, conservative rehabilitation, or physical therapy exercises to strengthen the shoulder and improve mobility.

In more severe cases, surgery to repair the rotator cuff may be necessary. Various surgical techniques, including open or arthroscopic procedures, can be used for repair.

Postoperative rehabilitation is crucial to restore shoulder function and mobility, often involving specialized physical therapy and exercises to strengthen shoulder muscles.

In some cases, shoulder replacement surgery may be necessary if the rotator cuff damage is severe and other treatment options are unsuccessful.

Prompt treatment of a rotator cuff injury is essential to prevent worsening of the injury and potential deterioration of shoulder function.

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