Rotator Cuff Tear Specialist

Deepan Patel, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Deepan Patel, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Doctor located in Glen Rock, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Over 2 million people in the United States seek medical attention for rotator cuff pain each year. This type of shoulder pain can be debilitating, seriously impacting your ability to work and your quality of life. At his orthopedic practice in Glen Rock and Jersey City, New Jersey, Deepan Patel, MD, offers effective treatment, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, to repair rotator cuff tears and restore your overall shoulder functionality. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about treatment for shoulder pain.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What causes a rotator cuff tear?

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that form tendons, covering the head of the humerus bone and keeping your shoulder in place. Rotator cuff tears are common and usually caused by either injury or degenerative disease.


An acute rotator cuff tear can occur if you fall on an outstretched arm, or lift heavy objects improperly using a jerking motion. You may also tear your rotator cuff if you suffer another injury, such as a shoulder dislocation or a broken collarbone.


Rotator cuff tears that are the result of a degenerative disease occur gradually and often happen as you get older. It’s common to suffer an age-related tear in the shoulder of your dominant hand due to its constant use. The tendons wear down until you eventually suffer a tear.

Other factors that contribute to a degenerative rotator cuff tear include:

  • Repetitive stress
  • Bone spurs
  • Lack of adequate blood supply

If you have a degenerative tear in one of your shoulders, there is an increased risk you’ll suffer a tear in the other, often without symptoms.

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?

Common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Shoulder weakness
  • Cracking sensations in the shoulder
  • Pain when lifting or lowering your arm
  • Pain at night when lying on the affected shoulder

If you suffer a rotator cuff tear from an injury, the pain is immediate and often intense.

If your tear is due to degeneration, you may experience weakness in your shoulder and pain when you perform certain movements. Pain may start out mild and travel down your arm. As the tendons continue to degenerate, pain becomes intense and persistent. Shoulder weakness may also make it difficult to perform certain tasks, such as brushing your hair or reaching behind your back.

How is a rotator cuff tear treated?

Dr. Patel may recommend using over-the-counter pain relievers to manage symptoms during the early stages of degenerative-related tears.

For injuries and advanced degeneration, Dr. Patel offers arthroscopic surgery. During this minimally invasive procedure, he inserts a slender surgical instrument into a small incision in the shoulder to make the repairs.

Following surgery, Dr. Patel relies on accelerated rehabilitation using the latest technology to restore your shoulder mobility and range of motion. The goal of this approach is to get you back to your normal routine as soon as possible.

To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery with accelerated rehabilitation time that utilizes the latest technology, book an appointment online or by phone today.

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