Injuries to the rotator cuff — those muscles and tendons in your shoulder joint that support your upper arm in so many activities — are quite common. Some two to four million Americans are affected each year, with causes ranging from a serious injury to wear and tear over the years. People with jobs or engaging in activities that require repeated use of the shoulder joint are more prone to experience symptoms ranging from a dull ache to weakness and difficulty with certain movements.
Rotator cuff weakness and pain can sometimes be treated with physical therapy, but when a full or partial tear has occurred, the orthopedists at Woodworth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine may recommend a surgical procedure to relieve pain and restore strength and flexibility. Our top-notch surgical team has had great success providing a variety of state-of-the-art options that are less invasive. We use the most technologically advanced methods geared toward optimal results and quicker recovery times. Many of the options we recommend can be performed in an out-patient setting, requiring no overnight hospital stay.
Our surgeons will decide whether to recommend surgery based on a number of criteria: If a patient has been experiencing the same or worsening symptoms for six months to a year; if the patient is experiencing serious weakness in the shoulder or a loss of function of the shoulder; if the patient has suffered a significant injury; or when our examination has detected a large tear in the tendon.
The orthopedic surgeons at Woodworth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine want you to know that you don’t have to continue to live with rotator cuff pain. Our experience and treatments are focused on providing the best, quickest, and most comfortable path to a complete recovery for our patients. The attention and care you’ll receive are second to none. Please contact our office today to schedule a visit to meet our care team.
By Woodworth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
November 25, 2021