Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tear 

Sometimes patients develop large tears of the rotator cuff that are irreparable due to the amount of retraction and scarring. When the rotator cuff is torn for an extended period of time, the humeral head starts to migrate upward toward the acromion (dome of the shoulder), which can lead to a specific type of arthritis, called
 rotator cuff arthropathy.

  • Symptoms

  • Treatment


  • Difficulty lifting due to weakness
  • Difficulty raising the arm above shoulder height
  • Pain that is worse at night
  • Pain reaching up or away from the body.