Rotator Cuff Specialist

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Oakland, CA

Rotator cuff injuries affect many people, causing pain and discomfort when moving. If you suffer from a rotator cuff injury and are tired of the pain, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Scott Taylor of Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation in Oakland, California, for a consultation.

Rotator Cuff Q & A

What is a rotator cuff?

Your shoulder joints are surrounded by a collection of tendons and muscles called the rotator cuff. Your rotator cuff secures the head of your upper arm bone within the socket of your shoulder. It also allows you to raise and rotate your arm.


How can your rotator cuff be injured?

An injured rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder, making many activities painful and difficult. Rotator cuffs can get injured in several ways:

  • An acute injury such as a fall or accident
  • Chronic overuse
  • Gradual degeneration

 Two common rotator cuff injuries include impingement syndrome and labral tear:

Impingement syndrome

Impingement syndrome is when the shoulder bones, such as the shoulder blades, pinch the tendons. Left untreated, impingement can lead to tendinitis, bursitis, or tendon tears.

Labral tear

Repetitive motions like weightlifting or throwing balls can eventually cause the labral tissue in the shoulder joint to tear. A labral tear may also make your shoulder feel weak, unstable, and less mobile.


What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

Several symptoms will manifest due to an injured rotator cuff, including:

  • Pain and discomfort when raising and lowering your arm
  • Pain while your arm is at rest, particularly if sleeping on the affected shoulder
  • Crackling sensation when moving your arm in certain positions
  • Weakness when rotating or lifting your arm

 

The specific symptoms you have depend on how you received your rotator cuff injury. For example, a hard, sudden fall will result in immediate and intense pain and weakness, whereas an injury that develops slowly over time will cause slight pain and weakness that gradually worsens.

It’s also essential to note that some rotator cuff injuries are not painful, but may still result in arm and shoulder weakness.


How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

Rotator injuries are treatable. As a first step, Dr. Scott Taylor conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the severity of your case. After the examination, he suggests the best treatment based on your condition.

Depending on the severity, surgery may be required. Two common surgeries that Dr. Scott Taylor performs are a superior labrum anterior to posterior repair and a subacromial decompression repair.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or weakness, you may be suffering from a torn rotator cuff. Call or schedule an appointment online with Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation for a consultation.