Rotator Cuff Tear

New Jersey Regenerative Institute

Regenerative Medicine & Orthopedics located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

Rotator cuff injuries affect nearly 2 million people in the United States every year. For rotator cuff injuries, including tears, see the orthopedic and regenerative specialists at New Jersey Regenerative Institute. Located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, the team offers a variety of minimally invasive therapies to relieve rotator cuff pain and help your rotator cuff tear to heal naturally. To schedule a visit, call or book online today.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that connect your shoulder blade, clavicle, and humerus bones and add stability to the ball-and-socket joint of your shoulder. The rotator cuff muscles help you lift your arm overhead and rotate your arm away from your body. If one or more of these muscles is injured, inflamed, or torn, you may notice abnormal motions and sensations when moving your shoulder.

What causes rotator cuff tears?

There are two causes of rotator cuff tears: acute injuries and degeneration.

Acute rotator cuff injuries

Acute injuries involve a specific accident or trauma to the rotator cuff muscles. These often involve falling on an outstretched arm, lifting something too heavy, or pulling something in a jerky motion with your arm.

Rotator cuff degeneration

Degeneration is the most common cause of rotator cuff tears. Over time, the tendons of the rotator cuff are strained and rub against their bony attachments, breaking down the fibers in the tendons.

If you’re at risk of developing a rotator cuff tear, the team provides treatment and guidance to strengthen and support your shoulder.

What are signs of a rotator cuff tear?

Whether you experience an acute or degenerative rotator cuff tear, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Pain when resting or at night, especially if you’re lying on the affected shoulder
  • Pain that’s worse when lifting or moving your shoulder
  • Difficulty lifting or moving the arm due to muscle weakness
  • Cracking or popping in your shoulder when you move it to certain positions

Severe pain can occur after acute injuries, signaling an obvious injury. Degenerative rotator cuff tears tend to have less intense pain, but your shoulder function is reduced in both instances.

How are rotator cuff tears diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose a rotator cuff tear, the team orders imaging of your shoulder to look for potential tears. Diagnostic ultrasound, X-rays, or an MRI may be used to identify the tear and any other anatomical changes to your shoulder.

For mild to moderate rotator cuff tears without complications like fractures, the team may recommend the following therapies:

Severe rotator cuff tears or those with complications receive a referral to orthopedic surgeons in the area.

Set up your shoulder exam at New Jersey Regenerative Institute and find relief from shoulder discomfort now by calling or clicking to book.