Rotator Cuff Repair
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and the corresponding tendons responsible for motion and stability of the shoulder. These muscles and tendons form a cuff over the shoulder joint and connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade. The combination provides the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. A damaged rotator cuff can cause significant pain and negatively impact almost every area of your life. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury.
It is without question the most painful condition I treat. I do all of my rotator cuff repairs arthroscopically. -Dr. Jimmy Conway
- Pain & tenderness in shoulder
- Shoulder weakness
- Loss of range of motion
- Relief when shoulder is inactive
Treatments for rotator cuff tears include home exercise and physical therapy. Surgery is a successful option depending on the severity of symptoms and the size of the tear. Rotator cuff repair can be done with a large open incision or with shoulder arthroscopy using tiny incisions. Recovery usually takes three to six months, depending on the size of the tear and the health of the patient. Physical therapy will help patients regain motion and strength of the shoulder joint. Most patients can expect pain relief, with some experiencing long-term stiffness and weakness after surgery. CONTACT US if you think you may have a rotator cuff injury.