Thanks to the ball-and-socket joint in your shoulder, you’re able to perform actions like throwing a football and grabbing a quilt off the top shelf in your closet. Keeping your upper arm in your shoulder socket is your rotator cuff. A torn rotator cuff can make it difficult to complete the simplest of tasks, not to mention keep you from doing the activities you love most. Fortunately, if you are experiencing pain in your shoulder and suspect a tear may exist, you can turn to Premier Bone & Joint Centers for timely and appropriate care. The rotator cuff tear specialists at our Cheyenne, Wyoming, clinic are board certified and fellowship trained, giving you peace of mind that you’ll receive the best care possible.
Signs of a Rotator Cuff Tear
There are two types of rotator cuff tears: partial tears and complete tears. A partial tear exists when the tendon is damaged but has not completely pulled away from the arm. A complete, or full, tear occurs when the tendon separates entirely from the bone. We encourage you to meet with one of our rotator cuff tear specialists if you experience any of the following:
- Pain when lifting or lowering your arm
- Popping or clicking sounds or sensations when moving your arm
- Shoulder pain that worsens at night or while your arm is resting
- Shoulder weakness and difficulty lifting items
To determine the severity of your condition, our rotator cuff tear specialists will perform a physical examination to evaluate your range of motion. If the presence of a tear is suspected, we may order imaging scans. Oftentimes, torn rotator cuffs can be treated with non-invasive measures, however, surgery may be necessary in some instances.
Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule a visit to our Cheyenne, WY, clinic where a qualified rotator cuff tear specialist can assess your condition and discuss your treatment options.