What are rotator cuff tears?
Affecting almost 2 million people in the United States each year, rotator cuff tears are a common source of shoulder pain and disability among adults.
The rotator cuff, a group of four tendons that cover the head of the humerus, keeps the arm in the shoulder socket and allows the arm to be lifted and rotated. However, when one or more of the rotator cuff tendons is torn, it will no longer fully attach to the head of the humerus, often resulting in pain and limited mobility.
What causes rotator cuff tears?
The two main causes of a rotator cuff tear are injury and degeneration. Trauma to the shoulder, like a fall or a direct blow, can cause a sudden rotator cuff tear. Degenerative tears can occur over time due to repetitive overhead activities, including swimming, weightlifting, painting, or tennis.
Rotator cuff tears are more likely to develop in middle-aged or older patients, as the tendons in the shoulder weaken and break down with age.
The most common causes of rotator cuff tears include:
- Traumatic shoulder injury
- Repetitive overhead arm motion
- Advanced age
The best rotator cuff tears
physical therapists in the Bay Area
Luna’s Bay Area-based physical therapists are experts in the treatment of rotator cuff tears. Our licensed PTs provide comprehensive treatment programs which combine guided stretches, manual treatment, and pain relief techniques to improve symptoms and provide relief to patients suffering from rotator cuff tears.
With Luna, patients can get rotator cuff tear treatment at home, at the office, at the gym, or at the location of their choosing. It’s physical therapy, delivered.