What are torn rotator cuff symptoms? To know this answer lets look at what a rotator cuff does/is. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that help make the shoulder move and lift a person’s arm. The rotator cuff muscles connect to the humerus bone.
When an injury happens to the rotator cuff there will be tingling, numbness, soreness or burning, weakness, and either mild or severe pain. If a person needs to reach for something over their head, they would feel the pain. Sleeping on the injured shoulder can also be very painful. In other words, almost any irritation around the shoulder area can be a rotator cuff tear.
If the rotator cuff injury is serious, the pressing pain is exasperating. With this, the person suffering from the tear cannot move the arm either up and down or side to side.
If you happen to notice a certain twitching on the shoulder, this can be a sign of a rotator cuff tear. There are times that the shoulder seems jammed or stuck. However, there are instances, that a person with a tear could not sense any discomfort at all. This may just be a slight tear, needing immediate attention. Most often than not, the slight tear becomes severe when not detected earlier. Whenever there is such discomfort, seek medical help. Early detection prevents further rotator cuff conditions.
Most rotator cuff injuries are brought about by certain accidents like a car mishap, abrupt stretching of the arm, falling from a high elevation or perhaps over strenuous arm activities like playing golf. When symptoms start to occur, attending to it immediately can save you from future distress.
A doctor is the best bet to see if there are signs of a torn rotator cuff. A physical exam will be done to see if there are any other problems that are going on before making the diagnosis.