Rotator Cuff Injuries Q&A

Rotator Cuff Injuries: OCSM clinic in Metairie, Louisiana 70001.

What are rotator cuff injuries?

Rotator cuff injuries are tears or strains affecting the rotator cuff, a group of tendons in your shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries are especially common in people who use a lot of overhead motions with their arms, like painters, electricians, and carpenters. 

If you have a rotator cuff injury, you might experience the following symptoms:

You should visit the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine for rotator cuff injury care if your pain is persistent and involves weakness or a lack of mobility. The team tests your shoulder’s strength and range of motion during your appointment. 

They might also use X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to view the soft tissues and bones in your shoulder and make an accurate diagnosis of the injury. 

Which types of injuries can happen to the rotator cuff?

Several different types of injuries can affect your rotator cuff, causing similar symptoms and complications. There are three main categories for rotator cuff injuries, and the team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine can tell you which type affects you:


Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons in your rotator cuff. It can happen when you use the tendons often to reach above your head.


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, which are two sacs filled with fluid that cushion your rotator cuff tendons against the nearby bone.

Strains or tears

Strains and tears can happen gradually with overuse or suddenly with an acute injury. The tendons might overstretch or tear completely and cause immediate and sudden pain. 

How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

The team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine recommends treatments for you based on the type and severity of your rotator cuff injury. They range from easy steps to take at home to repair surgery with arthroscopy. Your individualized treatment plan might include:

The team typically recommends nonsurgical options first. If there is no improvement in your symptoms after conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary to repair the rotator cuff injury.  If you do them a lot of upward motion at work, you can prevent new or worsening rotator cuff injuries by resting your arms. 

To find out more about your rotator cuff and the injuries that can affect it, call Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

NOLASPORTSMEDICINE.COM or call 504-217-5236.

Luis M. Espinoza MD Dr. Espinoza served as the AAA Team Doctor for the the New Orleans Zephyrs/BabyCakes since joining the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine in 2003. He is double board certified in General Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

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