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A rotator cuff tear occurs when tendons near the shoulder joint are injured and tear or, in extreme cases, separate from the shoulder bone, according to Jonathan Cluett for About.com. Pain and weakness are common symptom... More »

Stress and overuse of the shoulder, falling on the shoulder or using the arm to break a fall, and lifting weights are all potential causes of rotator cuff tears, according to WebMD. People who play sports, including base... More »

Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include a dull ache deep in the shoulder, the inability to sleep, difficulty lifting the arm towards the head or reaching behind the back, and general arm weakness, according to Mayo Clini... More »

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A rotator cuff tear cannot heal without surgery; however, it can be treated nonsurgically to relieve pain and restore strength, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Nonsurgical treatments include an... More »

Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include a dull ache deep in the shoulder, the inability to sleep, difficulty lifting the arm towards the head or reaching behind the back, and general arm weakness, according to Mayo Clini... More »

A rotator cuff tear requires surgery when the shoulder suffers continued pain or weakness despite non-surgical efforts to treat the rotator cuff injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Often, t... More »

Depending on the severity, rotator cuff tears may not require surgery, according to OrthoInfo. Physical therapy, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications may prevent the need for surgery. More »