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Rotator Cuff Tear Specialist

Alan Dayan, MD, PC, FAAOS

NYU Orthopedic Surgeon in Brooklyn, New York & Staten Island, NY

In the United States, a rotator cuff tear is one of the most common shoulder problems and causes of adult disability. If daily activities are difficult to perform without shoulder pain, Alan J. Dayan, MD, can expertly diagnose and treat your condition. He’s a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Brooklyn, New York, affiliated with the prestigious New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital. Dr. Dayan can help relieve your shoulder pain and get you back to living a more active lifestyle. Call or click online to schedule a consultation.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

Your shoulder joint is a highly complex ball-and-socket joint that allows you to move your arm in many different ways. Three bones come together in your shoulder: your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade (scapula), and your collarbone (clavicle). The rotator cuff keeps your arm stabilized in your shoulder socket.

Your rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons that support the top of the humerus. The cuff attaches the humerus to your shoulder blade and allows you to lift and rotate your arm. The lubricating sac, or bursa, allows the tendons in your shoulder to glide freely when you move your arm.

If one of the tendons in your rotator cuff tears, your upper arm bone is no longer fully attached to these tendons. You may experience a partial tear, or a full-thickness rotator cuff tear.  In a partial rotator cuff tear, you damage your tendon but it’s not completely severed. With a full, or complete rotator cuff tear, a hole in the tendon separates the tendon and bone completely.

Who is at risk for a rotator cuff tear?

Men and women who perform repetitive motions in their jobs or sports — such as throwing a baseball, swinging a tennis racquet, painting, or hammering nails — are at higher risk for a rotator cuff tear. If the rotator cuff tear is the result of an injury, it can happen suddenly. When it’s the result of degeneration, it happens slowly over a period of time.

Age, heredity, and overuse can all lead to a rotator cuff tear that causes shoulder pain, arm weakness, and other symptoms.

What treatments are effective for rotator cuff repair?

Dr. Dayan uses the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to repair a torn rotator cuff. He takes an individualized approach to treating your specific type of tear and any associated conditions, such as:

  • Shoulder tendinitis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

Depending on the severity of your rotator cuff tear and shoulder pain symptoms, your treatment may include shoulder arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Physical therapy, exercises, and injections may also be part of your treatment plan.

If you suffered a rotator cuff tear and want to learn more about nonsurgical therapies as well as arthroscopic shoulder surgery, call the Brooklyn office or schedule a consultation with Dr. Dayan using the online booking tool.