Alexander E Weber, MD
Orthopaedic surgeon & sports Medicine specialist

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tears: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Aug 30, 2023
Rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder injury that can be painful and limit your range of motion. Whether you're an athlete or not, understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for rotator cuff tears is crucial.


Aging: As we age, the tendons of the rotator cuff can degenerate, making them more susceptible to tears.
Overuse: Repetitive overhead movements, such as those in sports like tennis or baseball, can cause wear and tear on the rotator cuff.
Trauma: A sudden injury, like a fall or heavy lifting, can also lead to tears.


Pain: Persistent shoulder pain, especially when lifting or reaching, is a common symptom.
Weakness: Weakened shoulder muscles may make it difficult to perform routine tasks.
Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty in raising your arm or reaching behind your back can indicate a tear.


Conservative Care: Rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications can help manage symptoms.
Injections: Corticosteroid or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may offer relief.
Surgery: Severe tears often require surgical repair, typically done arthroscopically.

If you suspect a rotator cuff tear, it's vital to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Early intervention can prevent further damage and promote a quicker recovery, ensuring you regain full use of your shoulder and live a pain-free life.

Dr. Weber and his team treat over 200 Los Angeles athletes and weekend warriors with rotator cuff tears each year. We provide personalized treatment for all shoulder injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players. If you are a patient with a shoulder injury in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.