Rotator Cuff Tears: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

The rotator cuff, which is a set of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, is key to shoulder stability and keeping it centered throughout the shoulder’s full range of motion. A torn rotator cuff may be the result of an injury (such as a sports injury or on-the-job injury), or it may simply be due to aging and years of repetitive shoulder motions, causing significant pain and limited mobility.

Surgery may be an option to repair a torn rotator cuff, but Dr. Scott Ellsworth, orthopedic surgeon and a specialist in shoulder and elbow conditions, explains that the age of the patient and the severity of the tear will help determine whether surgery is the most beneficial treatment. In the following video, Dr. Ellsworth explains more about rotator cuff tears, treatment options, the recovery process and typical outcomes:


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About Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics

Since 1923, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics has provided high-quality orthopedic care. Our patient care team includes board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists, as well as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, durable medical equipment specialists and more. With two convenient locations in Leawood and Kansas City, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options across all subspecialties of orthopedic medicine.


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