orthopedics, sports medicine

You May Have a Torn Rotator Cuff

Shoulder injuries impact a countless number of people in Kansas and Missouri. The symptoms you are having may seem like a torn rotator cuff but, how can you be sure? Here are some things to consider before you take the next step–making an appointment with a Signature Medical group’s orthopedic specialist.

Risk factors

  • Torn rotator cuffs are most common in patients over the age of 40.
  • Repetitive arm motions will damage the rotator cuff over time. Physically demanding jobs such as painters or carpenters and, some athletes like baseball players have a heightened risk for rotator cuff injury.
  • There also are genetic factors in play when dealing with rotator cuff injuries. For more on this, contact a Signature Medical group primary care physician or orthopedic specialist.

Symptoms of torn rotator cuff

A dull ache deep in the shoulder, difficulty reaching behind your back, and weakness in the arm are all symptoms associated with rotator cuff tear.

When’s the time to see your Signature Medical Doctor in Kansas City or St. Louis?

Rotator cuff injuries can be very time sensitive so, it is important to know the right time to see a doctor. If you have experienced the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff for more than a week with no signs of improvement or, you have a sudden loss of mobility in the shoulder, contact a Signature Medical group orthopedist immediately.

Shoulder injuries can be problematic, even when extreme caution is taken many factors can hinder your rehabilitation. For example, resting your shoulder for prolonged periods can cause even further complications such as frozen shoulder. This is why it is an absolute must to consult a Signature Medical group primary care physician or orthopedic specialist as soon as a rotator cuff injury reveals itself.