A tear of one or more of the four tendons of the rotator cuff. The RC includes the subscapularis, teres minor, supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles. Rotator cuff tears are graded due to the number of tendons involved or size of the tear which can be partial or full thickness.
The location of the tear will determine symptoms, which may include severe pain at the time of injury, night pain, pain with overhead activity, weakness of the involved muscles and stiffness of the shoulder.
Rotator cuff tendon tears can develop gradually over time due to repetitive loading or due to a traumatic injury.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment.