About this disease

What it concerns

The rotator cuff encloses the humeral head and centers it on the small and flat socket. It allows for the extreme mobility of the shoulder joint. As a person ages, wear and tear occur, which worsens mobility and can lead to pain.


A traumatic rotator cuff rupture occurs within the framework of an accident. In contrast, there is also the degenerative rupture, in which the affected tendons are pre-damaged. Symptoms develop more slowly, but can occasionally be triggered by trauma.

Symptoms and consequences

Rotator cuff rupture manifests as pain during the night, load-dependent pain, loss of strength or limitation of motion, and sometimes joint noises during movement.

How we can help you

Examination and diagnosis

The examinations include a detailed physical examination and, if necessary, X-rays or MRI. The findings are then discussed and we develop a treatment plan in cooperation with the patient. This may include conservative measures such as physiotherapy, painkillers or injections, but surgery may also be necessary.


In the case of conservative therapy, we follow the course of treatment during regular check-ups within consultation hours. Depending on the size of the tear, age, and occupational or sport related demands, or if function and quality of life remain limited despite conservative therapy, surgery to reconstruct the rotator cuff may be necessary. We accompany the patient before, during and after the operation and maintain close contact with the treating physiotherapists.

Responsible departments

Trauma surgery


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