Rotator Cuff Arthropathy

Rotator cuff arthropathy is an arthritic condition of the shoulder joint that results due to a large tear of the rotator cuff muscles that provide support and stability to the shoulder joint.


  • Presenting signs and symptoms include pain, limited shoulder motion and function.


  • Treatment initially is aimed at controlling the pain and can include medications (tylenol and/or antiinflammatory medicines), injections (steroids), avoiding painful activities, and alternative treatment options (acupuncture, herbal treatments, heat modalities, etc...).


  • Surgery is reserved for patients who have failed conservative treatments and would consist of a total shoulder replacement.

Pain Control

  • Pain control is the main goal of surgery, and function is less reliably improved.