Many people suffer pain in their shoulders due to torn rotator cuffs. Smaller tears can often be managed without having surgery. While the tear may not have healed, there will be little residual pain and a great qualify of life can be maintained. However, there are still some concerns regarding a rotator cuff tear with most frequent being the possibility of the tear becoming larger.
While they can become larger over time, less than half will also involve the development of shoulder pain in the process. This means that the tear is present without bothering the patient or adding additional pain.
It’s important to see your doctor annually so the tear can be monitored. This way the doctor will know if the tear is progressing or becoming larger and what treatment to recommend, be it surgery or physical therapy.
If you have other questions about a torn rotator cuff or any question for our orthopedic specialists, contact our Joplin, MO office today to schedule a visit.