When Your Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder, is prone to injury when it is overused. The rotator cuff is an important part of the shoulder because it allows the arm a wide range of motion. When the rotator cuff becomes overused, especially from repetitive activities, the tendons may tear.

An indication that the rotator cuff has torn is a loud popping sound that may come from the shoulder. Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear often include weakness in the arm and shoulder, extreme pain, and difficulty rotating the arm. If the tear is small, over time it will usually heal without surgery. Common treatment may include steroid injections, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medicine.

If you have injured your rotator cuff while at work, Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits may cover your injury. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance administered by the state. It will pay for the medical care and lost wages of eligible workers. Call 717-695-4722 or 877-291-WORK (9675) to speak with a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C.