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Rotator Cuff Tear



General wear and tear of the shoulder tendons

Above shoulder height and repetitive activities

Genetics, Sporting Activities, Wok related, Age Related Change

Commonly Supraspinatus muscle- lifts the arm from the side

Complete tear through tendon insertion on to bone

Tear varies in size- small <1cm,medium 1-3cm, large 3-5cm, massive >5cm



Pain down into upper arm on raising arm forwards or sideways

Pain on rotation of arm- reaching for seat belt, arm in to sleeve

Pain on lying on arm in bed, disturbed sleep

Weakness of shoulder movements

Potential inability to lift the arm-psuedoparlysis



X-Ray, Ultrasound scan, MRI scan


Treatment options:            

Pain killers


Injections (steroid/cortisone)

Subacromial Decompression

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

"I had a full cuff and tendon repair opp 12 months ago, the team was headed by Mr Robin Seagger, i was in a lot of pain for a long period of time.When i entered the hospital i was immediately put under the care of his team, who were fantastic with me.Shortly after i woke up after the Opp Mr Seagger was there to reassure me the procedure went well,he explained in detail what he had done and told me it would be 6-12 months before i would feel the full benefit,he was absolutely correct 12 months on and i feel fantastic.No pain and almost full movement back. I am so grateful to Mr Seagger and his team and would strongly recommend him and his team.Once again a big big thank you to you Mr Seagger and your team"

January 2020

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