Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery & Treatment
At KSF Orthopaedic, rotator cuff injuries are a common shoulder injury treated through arthroscopic shoulder surgery as well as non-surgical treatments. Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of pain among adults, which 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. Rotator cuff tears are diagnosed through a medical exam, as well as imaging technology like x-rays and MRI.
Types of Rotator Cuff Tears
The 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 attachment to the bone. 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 acute injuries such as falling on an outstretched arm or lifting something with a jerking motion. Often acute rotator cuff tears are accompanied with 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 can be 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 or inquire about insurance coverage and payment options. In addition to rotator cuff treatment, KSF has experience in shoulder replacement surgery, shoulder impingements and rehabilitation. Learn more about rotator cuff tears here.