GW Hospital HealthCast, a series of educational health podcasts, are available for listening or download. Hear the latest health information from medical professionals at The George Washington University Hospital.

Podcast: Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, discusses the two types of rotator cuff injuries: traumatic rotator cuff tear, where the muscles are torn at once (usually found in younger population) and degenerative rotator cuff tear, where muscles have undergone a gradual wearing away (typical in older individuals). Dr. Pandarinath also explains the symptoms that may indicate degenerative tears and the multitude of treatment options based on age, activity level and severity of degradation (strengthening exercises, physical therapy, surgery).