What do house painters, baseball pitchers and carpenters all have in common? They all run the risk of damaging their rotator cuff at work. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that join the upper arm bone, or humerus, to the shoulder blades. Injury or overuse can create tears in the rotator cuff. These tears can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder. They can make it harder to perform certain tasks, such as getting cans down from the kitchen cabinet, throwing a frisbee or scratching your upper back.
If a rotator cuff injury causes pain or a limitation of movement that interferes with your quality of life, you may need rotator cuff repair surgery. If surgery is needed, the sooner it is done following an injury, the better. Rotator Cuff Repairs are best performed by an orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Reed Hoyer, who specializes in treating the upper limb.