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Rotator Cuff

Pain in your shoulder joint could mean you have an injury to the rotator cuff. If you have a dull ache that worsens when you sleep on your side, consult our doctors for diagnosis and treatment. Talk with your primary care doctor for a referral, or contact us to request a consultation.

What causes rotator cuff injuries?

Your rotator cuff is made up of a group of muscles and tendons that keep your upper arm bone firmly in your shoulder socket. Injury typically happens because of repeated overhead motions or trauma. Rotator cuff injuries can happen for patients of all ages.

What symptoms indicate a problem with the rotator cuff?

You should suspect a rotator cuff problem if it hurts when lifting and lowering your arm. Other symptoms include:

If your rotator cuff tear occurs over time, your symptoms may be mild at first. To help alleviate discomfort, you may use with over-the-counter pain medications. Eventually, however, the pain and associated weakness may start to interfere with daily activities. Sudden injury to the rotator cuff is usually sudden and intense. Some patients report hearing a snapping sound or feeling immediate weakness in their upper arm. If you experience extreme pain from your injury, contact us to schedule a consultation.

How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

Early diagnosis can slow the progression of your tear. To develop your treatment plan, our specialists consider your age, general health, and activity level. Early management of your tear may include rest, modification of specific activities, physical therapy, and medications — including steroid injections.

When is surgery recommended for rotator cuff injuries?

If conservative approaches don’t resolve your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery surgery. There’s several indicators that you need surgery, including:

Contact us to schedule a consultation, or talk with your primary care physician for a referral.


Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for your health. Learn more about our orthopedic healthcare services by reading through our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Surgery depends on the severity of injury. Consult with one of our specialists to determine if it’s a route you should take. Your doctor will evaluate your entire injury through comprehensive testing before deciding if surgery is right for you.

Talk with your doctor to schedule a date that works best for you. Schedule flexibility depends on your availability, the severity of your injury and surgeon schedules. 

We recommend taking it easy during your recovery time. Your doctor will provide you with a thorough post-operative care plan to ensure a speedy recovery.

Your recovery depends on where your injury is located. Consult with your doctor before starting. Our practitioners will let you know which times are best for your recovery.

Our goal is for you to return to your normal activities without pain or discomfort! Consult with your doctor about your recovery timeline and how soon you can return to work or sports.

Most insurance providers require a referral from your doctor before covering your care. We recommend scheduling an appointment your doctor before scheduling an appointment with us.

We accept several insurance programs from:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • FirstCare (Part of Baylor Scott & White Health)
  • GEHA
  • HealthNet
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • MetLife
  • PHCS
  • TeamChoice
  • Most Worker’s Compensation plans

Consult with our office to ensure your coverage.