Rotator Cuff Injury Specialist

Health East Medical Alliance -  - Pain Management

Health East Medical Alliance

Pain Management & Orthopedics located in Morris Heights and Schuylerville in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, Staten Island in New York, and Freehold, Englewood, and West New York in New Jersey

Damage to the rotator cuff causes pain and dysfunction, limiting your daily mobility and activity. Health East Medical Alliance assists patients with rotator cuff injuries. They restore your comfort and mobility so that you can avoid long-term problems like shoulder arthritis. The Health East Medical Alliance team has several convenient offices in Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and in Staten Island, New York, and in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey. Call today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment if you’re suffering symptoms that could be rotator cuff injury.

Rotator Cuff Q & A

What is the rotator cuff?

Your rotator cuff is in your shoulder. It’s a group of muscles and tendons that holds the upper arm bone (humerus) in the joint. The rotator cuff gives you shoulder mobility and helps you rotate and lift your arm. It stabilizes your shoulder joint.

Rotator cuff injuries are one of the first things that your doctor will suspect when you come in with shoulder pain. Pain in the rotator cuff can start as inflammation and irritation of the tissue lining in the rotator cuff. Gradually, it can lead to a partial or complete tear.

What causes rotator cuff injuries?

You can injure the rotator cuff in an accident, fall, or tackle. Many rotator cuff injuries develop gradually because of wear-and-tear in the shoulder joint. As you get older, the connective tissue in the rotator cuff weakens, becoming more vulnerable to irritation and inflammation.

The rotator cuff is put under unusual stress when you have to do repetitive overhead movements or constant heavy lifting. Rotator cuff tears are most often seen in people over 60, people who work in carpentry or house painting, and those who have a direct family member with rotator cuff dysfunction.

What symptoms suggest a rotator cuff injury?

Rotator cuff problems usually result in: 

  • Pain when lifting and lowering your arm
  • Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm
  • Pain when resting, especially when lying down
  • Persistent dull ache in the shoulder

You might notice that activities like combing your hair or reaching behind your back are painful.

How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

The Health East Medical Alliance Team treats rotator cuff injuries with conservative, non-invasive treatments first. These include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic injections

If you’ve suffered a severe tear in your rotator cuff, surgery will be required. Your provider could do a “clean-up” of the rotator cuff area to remove irritated tissue and improve the joint’s function. In some cases, patients require a complete repair of the torn tissue.

If you have shoulder pain that suggests a rotator cuff injury, call the Health East Medical Alliance office nearest you today. You can also use the online tool to schedule your appointment.

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