Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery & Treatment
At KSF Orthopaedic, rotator cuff injuries are a common shoulder injury treated through arthroscopic shoulder surgery and non-surgical treatments. Rotator cuff tears are among the most common causes of pain among adults. It can weaken your shoulder and make daily activities as simple as getting dressed painful and difficult. Symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include pain, weakness, popping, and stiffness in the shoulder. A medical exam and imaging technology like x-rays and MRI help diagnose rotator cuff tears.
Types of Rotator Cuff Tears
A rotator cuff is a group of four tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. When the rotator cuff tears, a portion of the tendons pulls off from the bone’s attachment. In a partial tear, the rotator cuff is partially pulled off the bone. In a full-thickness tear, a portion of the rotator cuff is completely pulled off the bone. Rotator cuff tears can occur in acute injuries such as falling on an outstretched arm or lifting something with a jerking motion. Often acute rotator cuff tears are accompanied by other shoulder injuries like a dislocation or broken bones. Most tears, however, are degenerative rotator cuff tears. These tears occur when the tendon wears down, which is typical as people age.
Rotator Cuff Treatment
Treatment of rotator cuff tears depends on the extent of the damage and the patient’s age and activity level. Non-surgical treatments include activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. Rotator cuff surgery involves reattaching the rotator cuff to the bone. With advanced technology, rotator cuff repair is performed using minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery techniques.
Houston Orthopedic Experts
Since 1976, KSF Orthopaedic Center has been a trusted Houston orthopedic provider. Our team of shoulder experts can diagnose and recommend the best course of treatment for your rotator cuff injury. Contact KSF today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Michael George or Dr. Michael Dean, or to inquire about insurance coverage and payment options. In addition to rotator cuff treatment, KSF has shoulder replacement surgery, shoulder impingements, and rehabilitation. Learn more about rotator cuff tears here.