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Care and Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Why Choose Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries at University of Colorado Hospital?

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Our doctors are specially trained in sports medicine and participate in teaching and education.

UCH also offers sports medicine services specifically for active women; it is one of the few hospitals in the country to do so.

What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that hold the shoulder joint in place as it rotates.

Activities that require a great deal of shoulder rotation, such as swimming, put stress on the rotator cuff muscles. This can result in injury.

The injuries are generally of two types: muscle tears and joint inflammation.


Minor tears and inflammation can be treated with:

  • Rest
  • Pain medication
  • Exercises to rehabilitate the injury

If the tear is severe, you may require surgery to repair the injury.

Medical Team

Bone, Joint and Muscle Specialists


Family practitioner – A doctor who provides medical care to individuals and families.


Orthopedic surgeon – A doctor who treats injuries and diseases of the bones, joints and muscles.


Physiatrist – A doctor who diagnoses and rehabilitates physical injuries.


Nutritionist – A specialist in the treatment and prevention of disease through proper diet.


Physical therapist – A specialist who treats diseases through exercise, massage, water, light and heat.


Sports psychologist – A psychologist who specializes in the mental aspects of sports activities, exercise and other physical activities.


Other Bone, Joint and Muscle Staff


Athletic trainer – A provider who helps to prevent and treat injuries.

Patient Education

Rotator Cuff Injuries: Getting a Second Opinion

It is important to seek a second opinion if you are not comfortable with the recommended treatment for your rotator cuff injury.


Rotator Cuff Injuries: Additional Resources

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine