At Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, the team of orthopedic surgeons offers effective rotator cuff repair services and treatments. Rotator cuff injuries are common among athletes and those who have physically demanding careers. Don’t let this injury keep you away from the sport you love. Call or book online and make an appointment to repair your rotator cuff with the expert team of doctors today.
The rotator cuff is the group of four muscles that join the shoulder as tendons and hold the ball and socket joint of your shoulder in correct position. When you tear your rotator cuff, these muscles or tendons are partially or completely torn off of the bones of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears are either acute tears sustained during an accident or injury or degenerative, which means that the muscles and tendons stretch and become weakened over time.
If you have a torn rotator cuff, you’ll experience pain while at rest, for example, at night. You’ll also feel pain and weakness when you lift, lower, or rotate your arm. You may also notice a crackling sensation when you move your arm in certain directions. This is called crepitus and is caused by the friction of cartilage and bone rubbing together.
Rotator cuff injuries are more common in people over the age of 40 because of the general wear and tear they’ve put on their shoulders throughout their lifetimes. If you do repetitive overhead lifting either as an athlete or for your job, you may also be at a higher risk.
Depending on the severity of your injury, your doctor may recommend appropriate treatment to repair your rotator cuff and allow your muscles and tendons to heal. If your rotator cuff injury is mild, your doctor may suggest a conservative approach. This could include limiting activities that aggravate your shoulder, physical therapy to strengthen and restore movement to your shoulder, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, or steroid injections. These conservative methods help in most cases.
However, if the rotator cuff injury is severe, you may need surgical intervention for effective repair and treatment. Whenever possible, your Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic doctor uses minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques to repair the rotator cuff. During these procedures, your doctor uses specially designed instruments including an arthroscope to reach the shoulder joint. The arthroscope is a thin tube that has a light and a camera mounted on the tip, which sends images back to a video monitor in the operating room, which allow your doctor to see the joint and make repairs without having to open your shoulder with a traditional shoulder surgery.
In most cases, you’ll be back to work or school within a couple of days. You’ll wear a sling to support your shoulder for up to six weeks and may need physical therapy for 4-6 months to reach full recovery.
If you’re interested in learning more about rotator cuff repair and how the expert team of orthopedic surgeons can help you, call Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic today or book your appointment online using the online booking feature.