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What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

rotator cuff tear, shoulder pain, orthopedic surgeryA rotator cuff tear is a result of an injury or tear to the muscle groups comprising the rotator cuff. There are four muscles that make up the rotator cuff, which keep the arm in the shoulder socket. The muscles are attached to the head of the humerus and assist in lifting and rotating the arm. The bursa sac is located in between the rotator cuff and top of the shoulder.

When a rotator cuff tear occurs, this bursa sac may become inflamed, causing shoulder pain within the joint. A rotator cuff may have a partial tear or full thickness tear. The orthopedic shoulder specialists partnered with FAITH Surgical Center can properly diagnose the real extent of your rotator cuff injury.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear

Sudden tears may cause intense pain and a snapping may occur with sudden shoulder weakness. Slow tears may cause pain over time, until pain persists all the time or surfaces even when attempting simple movements. Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear can include:

  • Pain from movements such as lifting and lowering arm
  • Weakness in arm when lifting or rotating
  • Sensation of crackling when moving shoulder in certain positions
  • Pain while resting on shoulder
  • Pain going down the arm

Orthopedic Shoulder Specialists in Plano

FAITH Surgical Center is collaborating with the top orthopedic shoulder specialist in the area. Our orthopedic surgeons are located in Plano but serve patients throughout surrounding areas in Texas.

  • Christopher Hanssen, M.D. – Plano Orthopedic Shoulder Specialist
  • Shawn Hayden, M.D. – Plano Orthopedic Surgeon

Surgical Treatment Options for a Rotator Cuff Tear

Surgical options are highly recommended when nonsurgical approaches are no longer effective. Our orthopedic shoulder specialists are highly skilled and experienced at performing the necessary orthopedic shoulder surgery. FAITH Surgical Center provides the facilities and resources necessary to ensure all your individual surgical needs are met. Our surgeons will answer questions you may have concerning shoulder surgery options such as:

To verify a rotator cuff surgery with one of our orthopedic shoulder specialists, or to get more details about the procedures, please call our surgery center at 972-307-7200 or use our online contact form.