There are two kinds of rotator cufftears. A partial tear is when the tendon that protects the top of your shoulder is frayed or damaged. The other is a complete tear. That’s one that goes all the way through the tendon or
pulls the tendon off the bone.
You can’t always feel a torn rotator cuff. But in some cases, you might:
- Have trouble raising your arm
- Feel pain when you move your arm in certain ways or lie on it
- Have weakness in your shoulder
- Be unable to lift things like you normally do
- Hear clicking or popping when you move your arm
See your doctor if you have any of these signs. If you don’t do anything about a torn rotator cuff, you can have more serious problems over time. You can end up with a frozen shoulder or arthritis that is harder to treat.