Often very painful, rotator cuff injuries are a common cause of limited shoulder function. Rotator cuff injuries sustained by older individuals often exhibit pain and weakness when trying to play golf or tennis, fish, work in the yard, or do any activity that requires an overhead motion.
Rotator cuff injuries often range from tendonitis, to partial and full thickness tears which occur when the muscle is detached from the bone. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surrounds the shoulder that provides strength to the joint when performing overhead activities.
Often times, early treatment of rotator cuff injuries that include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or cortisone injections can resolve pain and additional symptoms associated with rotator cuff injuries.
When pain persists or prevents you from normal routine activities, Dr. Kagan may advise to participate in an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Kagan uses specially designed instruments to attach the rotator cuff muscle back to the bone. This minimally invasive surgery is performed with a few ¼ inch incisions around the shoulder using a small digital camera that is inserted into your shoulder to perform the surgery.
Immediately following surgery, your shoulder will be stabilized in a sling. Rehabilitation and physical therapy are crucial for a successful outcome following an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and you will be provided instructions at your first postoperative visit.