The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles around the shoulder that keeps the shoulder joint stable and allows you to raise and rotate your arm. Over time, daily wear and exercise can cause the tendons to rub on the bones of your shoulder. This is called impingement. This condition may cause the tendons to bruise, degenerate, or tear.
In many people, these problems do not cause pain. When they do cause pain, you can use rest, physiotherapy, ice and heat, and anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce pain and swelling. If you still have pain after trying these treatments, you and your doctor can discuss having a steroid injection or 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 call line 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 call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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