The rotator cuff in our shoulder is a part of our body we rarely think about. That is, until it begins to hurt. It is the group of tendons and muscles that surround our ball and socket shoulder joint. As we get older or have an injury, we can develop a tear or multiple tears in our rotator cuff, but do we always need surgery, or do rotator cuff tears heal themselves?
What do a painter, a basketball player, and Roger Federer all have in common? It may surprise you to learn that the answer is: they are all at risk for a rotator cuff injury, especially as they get older.
Healing of a rotator cuff is complicated and depends on a number of variables. Many rotator cuff surgeries will heal just fine, but others may not. The simple explanation is the shoulder is a difficult place for healing to occur, and the rotator cuff itself is a complex area.
Here are some more specific reasons why a rotator cuff didn’t heal.