Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator Cuff Tears Treatment in Raleigh, NC

The rotator cuff is the group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling wider range of motion. Major injury to these tendons may result in tear of these tendons and the condition is called as rotator cuff tear. It is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in middle aged adults and older individuals.


Rotator cuff tear results from pressure on the rotator cuff from part of the shoulder blade (scapula) as the arm is lifted. It may occur with repeated use of arm for overhead activities, while playing sports or during motor accidents.


Rotator cuff tear causes severe pain, weakness of the arm, and crackling sensation on moving shoulder in certain positions. There may be stiffness, swelling, loss of movements, and tenderness in the front of the shoulder.


Your surgeon diagnoses Rotator Cuff Tear based on the physical examination, X-rays, and imaging studies, such as MRI. Rotator cuff tear is best viewed on magnetic resonance imaging.

A rotator cuff tear may cause shoulder pain, tenderness, reduced range of motion and other potentially disabling symptoms. When seeking to resolve their rotator cuff symptoms, many patients wonder: “Is there a treatment for torn rotator cuff without surgery?” Indeed, there are several nonsurgical treatment options which can help alleviate symptoms. Generally speaking, nonsurgical options are usually prescribed first for partial rotator cuff tears, with surgery being a last-resort option in most cases. Full thickness rotator cuff tears in the active patient will usually require surgery to heal the rotator cuff back to bone.

Finding the Right Nonsurgical Treatment for a Rotator Cuff Injury in Raleigh NC

The right treatment for a rotator cuff tear will vary on a case-by-case basis. When creating a treatment plan, an orthopedic physician will consider several things, including the patient’s age and the severity of their injury. For patients seeking treatment for torn rotator cuff without surgery, here are a few options which may be recommended:

  • Rest – While it is uncommon for a rotator cuff tear to heal on its own without treatment, rest can help. Taking time off from activities will prevent the tear and associated symptoms from getting worse.
  • Physical Therapy – Performing physical therapy exercises designed to strengthen the rotator cuff can go a long way to improve range of motion and overall shoulder function.
  • Steroid Injections – Injections can help reduce swelling and manage pain caused by a rotator cuff injury.
  • PRP Injections – PRP therapy may reduce pain and restore shoulder function for partial rotator cuff tears. It can be a viable choice for active patients who have not had success with the aforementioned treatments but do not wish to undergo surgery.

Generally, patients are advised to try nonsurgical treatment for partial rotator cuff tears as a first-line option. In the event that these therapies fail to offer relief, a patient might consider arthroscopic, open or mini-open surgery (a combination of the other two types). Dr. Kanaan is highly trained at treating rotator cuff tears and will discover the best treatment option for you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment at our office in Raleigh, NC, call (919) 719-2270.

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