What does a torn rotator cuff feel like?

No matter what the cause is, shoulder pain can be tough to deal with. However, not knowing the source can be even more frustrating — leading many people to research the source of their symptoms. Torn rotator cuffs are very common sources of shoulder pain and frequently develop among athletes and people who work physical jobs, among others. 

If you believe your shoulder pain may be related to a rotator cuff tear, do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat your condition. To give yourself the best chance of finding relief and not exacerbating the condition, you should see a qualified medical professional. To help you better work with your care provider, it can be beneficial to educate yourself on the potential causes of your shoulder pain, including a torn rotator cuff. 

Feel free to reach out to our caring team if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how Back in Motion can help you.  

Common symptoms of a torn rotator cuff

The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and connective tissue that connects the arm to the shoulder and enables basic movements, including rotation. Because of the need for intricate arm movements, the rotator cuff is very delicate and prone to injury. Anyone who puts excessive force on their shoulders, including athletes such as golfers or people who lift heavy objects, have a particularly high risk of developing a torn rotator cuff. 

If you are wondering what a torn rotator cuff feels like, here are some of the telltale symptoms to watch for: 

  • Pain in the front of the shoulder 
  • Radiating pain down the side of the arm
  • Discomfort with overhead motions such as lifting or reaching
  • Arm weakness
  • Pain when sleeping on the side

If you are diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear as the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, there are a number of treatment options available, including physical therapy. 

Physical therapy to treat a torn rotator cuff

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our team of clinicians have experience treating rotator cuff tears and have helped many people find relief and a return to functioning. We can perform a full, personalized evaluation and determine the treatment options that are right for you. Physical therapy treatment for a torn rotator cuff will typically consist of a combination of strengthening exercises, range of motion exercises and manual therapy. 

To learn more about how we can help and to make your initial appointment, please contact us today. 

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