If chronic shoulder pain due to a torn rotator cuff is interfering with your quality of life, you may be a good candidate for innovative rotator cuff repair surgery. At Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Weslaco, Texas, Michael Sander, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive rotator cuff repair surgery to improve your range of motion and address chronic pain. Find out if you’re a good candidate for rotator cuff repair surgery by scheduling a consultation online or by phone.
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons in the shoulder that together provide range of motion and stability to the shoulder joint. These tendons join to form a cuff over the top of your upper arm bone, making it possible for you to lift and rotate your arm.
Tears in the rotator cuff can result from an acute injury, including falls or sports-related activities. You may also develop a tear due to degenerative disease or age-related wear and tear.
The first indication that your ACL is torn is pain in the front of your shoulder that travels down into your arm. Your pain may worsen when you perform certain movements, such as reaching over your head or lifting your arm. Pain may also be present when you sleep on the injured shoulder.
You may also experience weakness in your arm that makes it difficult to complete activities, like brushing your hair, without pain.
The Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team reviews your medical history to determine the best course of treatment for your injury. They may ask you to perform certain movements with your arm to evaluate your range of motion and level of pain. To confirm a tear, they may request an imaging test, such as an MRI or CT scan.
Initially, the team may recommend nonsurgical treatments to improve your functionality and alleviate your pain. These treatments may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pain and swelling, as well as plenty of rest. You may also benefit from physical therapy.
If these treatments aren’t diminishing your pain, the Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team may recommend surgery to repair the cuff. They use a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure that requires a small incision in the shoulder area to access the tendons.
Your doctor may opt to trim the damaged tendon tissue when you have a partial tear. If your rotator cuff is completely torn, they may use surgical techniques to reattach the tendons to the humerus bone.
The goal of surgery is to ease your pain and improve your shoulder strength. Following surgery, you may undergo physical therapy to improve your functionality and the flexibility in your shoulder joint.
Schedule a consultation online or by calling the Weslaco office directly to learn more about treating a rotator cuff injury.