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The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles around the shoulder that support the shoulder. It keeps the shoulder joint stable and allows you to raise and rotate your arm.
Issues with the rotator cuff can be caused by an injury to the shoulder (a fall, or a direct blow to the shoulder area) or with degeneration or wear with age/over time.
Treatment can depend on your symptoms and the type of injury to your rotator cuff. Your doctor may have you try physiotherapy and exercise first. If physiotherapy does not help, your doctor may recommend injections, imaging, or possibly surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 5/19/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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