When a rotator cuff tendon tears or goes missing, such as from a failed rotator cuff repair surgery, it can allow the ball joint of the shoulder to move upward or outward from the socket. This is called superior or anterior-superior migration of the shoulder. This relatively rare situation can cause loss of shoulder function and needs treatment.
Superior and Anterior-Superior Migration of the Shoulder: What You Need to Know
- Superior and anterior-superior migration of the shoulder may occur without pain.
- A key symptom of migration of the shoulder is reduced range of motion of the shoulder joint.
- Treatment of migration of the shoulder usually starts with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery may be required for severe cases.
- Because the symptoms of superior and anterior-superior migration of the shoulder can mimic the symptoms of other shoulder problems, you should get an accurate diagnosis from a skilled orthopaedic surgeon.