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Rotator Cuff Injury

Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, LLP

Orthopedics & Pain Management located in Hawthorne, NY & Yonkers, NY

More than three million people suffer a rotator cuff injury every year in the United States. Rotator cuff injuries range from minor to crippling, and they often get worse when not treated. With more than three decades as a rotator cuff injury specialist, Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, LLP can repair your rotator cuff, stop the pain, and restore your shoulder function. There are two convenient locations in Hawthorne and Yonkers, New York. Click the online scheduling tool or call the nearest location now for an appointment.

Rotator Cuff Injury Q & A

What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is made up of the major muscles and tendons that maintain your shoulder’s stability. Your rotator cuff permits you to reach and rotate your arms. You need a healthy rotator cuff to make upper arm movements.

A rotator cuff injury, in which one of the rotator cuff tendons tears or frays significantly, causes severe symptoms and movement difficulties.

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

Rotator cuff injury symptoms commonly include:

  • Pain when lying on the affected side
  • Pain when reaching up or lowering your arm
  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Shoulder instability
  • Cracking sensation as you move your shoulder


Many people describe rotator cuff injury pain as dull, deep, and stubborn. Although the symptoms can come and go, depending on your activities, rotator cuff injury generally gets worse if you don’t get treatment.

What causes a rotator cuff injury?

Degeneration causes the most rotator cuff tears. A worn rotator cuff is far more likely to tear. The cause of this degeneration can include wear-and-tear from activities like frequent repetitive lifting, baseball, and swimming.

The most significant cause of rotator cuff degeneration and injury is aging. Normal tissue thinning and breakdown makes rotator cuff injuries most common in adults over 40. By age 80, up to 80% of people suffer from rotator cuff injuries.

Rotator cuff tears can also happen during sudden injuries, for example, falling off a ladder and landing on your side.

How is rotator cuff injury treated?

Rotator cuff treatment depends on how severe the tear is and how it’s affecting you. Nonoperative treatments, including physical therapy, changes in your activities, and steroid injections, successfully treat about 80% of rotator cuff tears.

If your pain doesn’t lessen or disappear with conservative treatments and your symptoms continue a long time, you’ll need surgery.

The experienced surgeons at Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons commonly do minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to make rotator cuff repairs through tiny incisions. For more complex rotator cuff injuries, you could need open surgery.

The Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, LLP team can design a personalized rotator cuff recovery plan for you. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.