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The muscles and tendons that keep the ball of your upper-arm bone in your shoulder socket are part of the rotator cuff, which also helps you rotate and raise your arm. 

Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Pain or stiffness when moving the shoulder, especially lifting your arm above your head

  • Shoulder and arm pain

  • Shoulder weakness and tenderness

  • Hearing snapping or crackling sounds when moving the shoulder

  • An inability to sleep on the shoulder because of pain and discomfort

Non-invasive options for a rotator cuff tear are injections, anti-inflammatories, ice compression wraps, and physical therapy. If rotator cuff surgery is needed, the surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports medicine will decide on one of the three types of surgery depending on the length of the tear:

  • Arthroscopic Repair: One or more incisions of less than 1 cm.

  • Open Repair Surgery: A 4-6 cm incision

  • Mini-Open Repair: A combination of open and arthroscopic surgery with an incision of 1 to 5 cm 

See Dr. Todd Atkinson as he explains rotator cuff surgery by clicking here: 


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  • The rotator cuff stabilizes your shoulder while you move your arm. 

  • Often, rotator cuff injuries happen over time, with aging and use. 

  • Shoulder injuries are highly treatable if addressed early.


Performing Rotator Cuff Repairs in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

(239) 482-8788

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