Torn Rotator Cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff


Your shoulder is kept in socket by your rotator cuff. Your rotator cuff attaches your shoulder bone to your arm bone and controls the raising and rotation of the arm. When the tendon that attaches your shoulder and rotator cuff is torn, the use of the arm is interrupted. Generally there are two types of tears that occur to your rotator cuff, an acute tear and a degenerative tear. An acute tear follows an event that causes a jerking motion to your shoulder, tearing the tendon. An acute tear is also consequential in conjunction with another shoulder injury such as a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder. The degenerative tear occurs with age. As the body begins to age the tendon becomes weaker and thus is more susceptible to tears. Repetitive stress, lack of blood supply, and bone spurs are common factors that contribute to a degenerative rotator cuff tear.


  • Pain when resting
  • Pain when lying on the effected shoulder
  • Pain when lifting and lowering the arm
  • Weakness when lifting or rotating the arm
  • Crackling sensation when moving your shoulder
  • Intense pain in the shoulder following a fall


If a rotator cuff tear has occurred avoiding treatment will only increase the symptoms and further damage the tear. That is why seeking medical attention as soon as the tear, or the symptoms, become evident is of the upmost importance. There is an array of treatment options for a torn rotator cuff and the medical practitioner will choose the course of treatment that is best fit for each individual.

  • Non-Surgical treatment
    • The most common way to treat a torn rotator cuff is abstaining from a surgical approach. The non-surgical treatment practices are:
      • Rest
      • Activity modification to remove shoulder use
      • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and naproxen
      • Physical therapy to restore the range of shoulder movement and strengthen your shoulder following the tear.
      • If all the above treatment options do not relieve the pain, a steroid injection(cortisone) can reduce inflammation.
  • Surgical treatment
    • If non-surgical treatment does not alleviate the pain, the medical professional may recommend surgery. Additionally, if the pain persists longer than 6 months, the tear is large and surrounded by good tissue, the use of your shoulder is significantly impacted and weakness persists, or the tear was caused by a recent acute injury surgery may be appropriate.
    • Procedure:
      • The surgeon will re-attach the tendon to the head of the humerus, the upper arm bone. The orthopedic surgeon will determine which procedure is correct for the patient.

Get Help From a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party and the result was a torn rotator cuff, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. However, in order to ensure you receive maximum compensation you must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident that caused your injury. The experienced team of personal injury attorneys at the Murphy Law Firm can help you gather the evidence required to prove that your rotator was torn as a result of the accident and that the accident was caused by another person or entity. Don’t be a victim twice and let us advocate on your behalf. The personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm do not settle for less than maximum compensation. We’ll fight for your rights and get you the help that you need to recover from your injuries. Call the personal injury attorneys at Murphy Law Firm today at (225) 928-8800.


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