How rotator cuff surgery can repair damage to the shoulder after injury
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
Dr. Stephen M. Desio of Worcester, MA sees many patients with sports injuries or trauma that require specialized attention and treatment. One condition that can occur is a rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is the group of tendons located in the shoulder area. These tendons provide the support of the shoulder and enable patients to enjoy wider range of motion with the shoulder joint. If the tendons in the shoulder are injured, it can cause a problem known as a rotator cuff tear. This injury can cause:
- Arm weakness
- Cracking sensation in shoulder
- Severe pain
- Stiffness and swelling
- Loss of range of motion/movement
- Front or side shoulder tenderness
How is a rotator cuff tear diagnosed?
Patients who are experiencing the above symptoms and believe they may be dealing with a rotator cuff tear are encouraged to speak to Dr. Stephen M. Desio to get a proper diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis can be made with testing and imaging such as MRIs to evaluate the tendons and spot the severity of the tendon tear. Once a diagnosis has been made, patients can speak to their doctor about the most appropriate treatment. For some patients, surgery may be required.
Is rotator cuff surgery invasive?
There are several different ways in which the rotator cuff injury can be treated. Traditionally, surgery required the doctor to make a larger incision across the shoulder to repair the tendons and allow the area to recuperate range of motion and eliminate pain. However, continued advances now allow doctor to perform the same procedure with much smaller incisions. This is done with an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, using a small fiber-optic instrument that is inserted through a small incision and allows the doctor to fix the problem without large scarring left behind.
Are you in need of rotator cuff repair with surgery?
Speak to the team at Desio Sports Medicine today to request a consultation appointment in Worcester, MA. Our professional, Dr. Stephen M. Desio, can evaluate you and determine if rotator cuff surgery is the next step in repairing the shoulder area. Call (508) 363-6363 to schedule your visit at 123 Summer Street, Suite #520.
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