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RICHARD S. LEVY, M.D.photo of Dr. Levy
ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, SHOULDER SURGERY, TEXAS SPORTS MEDICINE
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
DIPLOMATE, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
FELLOW, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
DESIGNATED DOCTOR, Texas Division of Workers' Compensation
ASSISTANT TEAM PHYSICIAN, Dallas Mavericks
SHOULDER SURGEON, SHOULDER SPECIALIST

ROTATOR CUFF TEAR, ROTATOR CUFF INJURY
The rotator cuff is the name for the four tendons that surround and help control the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff surrounds the ligaments of the shoulder and control the movement of the joint throughout its range of motion. Rotator cuff injury is the most common shoulder affliction. People with rotator cuff conditions often have pain with many common activities such as reaching and lifting. Rotator cuff tears and tendinitis can interfere with sleep and become very frustrating.

Shoulder AnatomyShoulder Xray

Treatment of a rotator cuff injury depends upon the degree of damage to the tendons. Most conditions involving the rotator cuff respond readily to conservative measures such as a period of rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, and modification of activities. Once pain subsides, exercises are important to restore blood flow and continue the healing process. In more severe cases, injections and sometimes surgery help to alleviate the problem.

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