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How To Treat Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Treatment

Often with Rotator Cuff injuries your doctor or therapist will advise complete rest or extremely limited activity, followed by gradual shoulder strengthening exercises and physical therapy.

There are several treatment options for rotator cuff tears.

Non-surgical rotator cuff tear treatments include using a sling for the affected arm, medication to relieve the pain and inflammation, and steroid injections.

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator Cuff Surgery may be required if non-invasive treatments fail.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Treatment


Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery

With Arthroscopic  surgery the Rotator Cuff repair  is done by a series of small cuts around the shoulder. Flexible wires called “portals” are introduced through the cuts. These enable the surgeon to see and assess the shoulder damage.

Removal of spurs from the underside of the acromion and repair of the rotator cuff tear are done through the portals themselves using flexible wires capable of carrying various cutting and suturing instruments within themselves in to the joint. This procedure requires a highly proficient and experienced orthopedic surgeon.

Advantage of arthroscopic surgery

The advantage of arthroscopic surgery is that postoperative pain, recovery and rehabilitation are comparatively better. But open shoulder surgery and mini open surgeries provide assured and long term results, especially if the initial rotator cuff tear is very large.

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Mini Open Repair Rotator Cuff Surgery

Mini open repair Rotator Cuff Surgery is a cross between the open and arthroscopic repair.

With Mini open repair the incision is only about 4 cm long. The deltoid muscle is not cut open in this method. Instead, an arthroscope is used to assess the damage and remove the bony fragments of spurs in the underside of the acromion.

Subsequently, the torn rotator cuff tendon is reattached to the humeral head. The incision is then closed in layers.

An advantage of mini open rotator cuff surgery is that recovery is generally quicker than with fully open surgery.

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Open Repair Rotator Cuff Surgery

In open repair rotator cuff surgery a small incision of is made over the shoulder joint. The deltoid muscle, which covers the shoulder joint, is exposed. It is then cut to gain access to the tear.

Re-attaching of the torn rotator cuff tendon to the bone closes the tear. Any bony fragments or spurs are also removed during the procedure. The deltoid muscle is again sutured together. Then the tissues under the skin, and finally the skin are closed.

The results of open rotator cuff surgery provide are generally very good, but disadvantages are that compared to arthroscopic surgery the postoperative pain can be worse, and recovery and rehabilitation takes longer.

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Rotator Cuff Surgery Options

Shoulder surgery is sometimes necessary to treat rotator cuff injuries such as rotator cuff tears. For example, if the rotator cuff injury is accompanied with a decrease in strength of the affected shoulder joint then the injury may require surgery.

There are three different types of shoulder surgery for rotator cuff injuries. These are

1. Open rotator cuff repair
2. Mini open rotator cuff repair
3. Arthroscopic surgery

In my next posts I will examine these different types of rotator cuff surgery in more detail.

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Do you Need Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Before deciding to have Rotator Cuff Surgery make sure that you have considered other treatment options such as shoulder exercises and pain relief injections first.

Shoulder surgery is however sometimes required for rotator cuff tears, especially if accompanied with a decrease in strength of the affected shoulder joint. There are three types of surgical repair:

1. Open repair

2. Mini open repair

3. Arthroscopic repair

All of the above methods give fairly similar improvement in pain, functional level and patient satisfaction. The choice of the procedure really depends upon the proficiency of the surgeon, anatomy of the involved area and cosmetic considerations.

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Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

Rotator cuff tear symptoms usually show up slowly. Pain may be really mild at first and gradually increases.

The pain is usually felt at the front of your shoulder and spreads down the arm. Mild shoulder pains are often ignored and treated with over the counter prescriptions. However, in the case of rotator cuff tear, the pain gradually increases and is felt even with very little activity or at rest. Treatment and even rotator cuff surgery may be required.

You might feel pain while lying down on the affected side. Stiffness and consequent loss of
motion result.

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Do You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery?

In most cases the answer is “No”, you don’t need surgery for rotator cuff injuries. Non-surgical treatments are effective in curing most rotator cuff disorders.

Treatment options for rotator cuff injuries include the use of a sling for the affected arm, taking painkillers to relieve pain and inflammation, or a course of steroid injections.

You may also be advised to rest or limit physical activity and to do shoulder exercises to strengthen the affected shoulder.

Only if all the non-invasive treatments like these fail should rotator cuff surgery be considered.

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Rotator Cuff Treatment

There are multiple things recommended to treat rotator cuff disorders.  The most frequently diagnosed is rest and gentle mobility exercises. Your shoulder will not heal if you continue to push yourself to the extremes.

Allow yourself time to heal, and then, when you are ready, take a deep breath, and head back out to the real world.  Apply ice to your shoulder at least two times a day.  If you don’t have time to do it midday, make sure to do it before bedtime.  Icing down your arm is a great way to relax your muscles and help you make it through the night.  Take anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil, ibuprofren, and naproxen to relieve your pain and reduce swelling when needed.  Last, but definitely not least, start physical therapy.  It is through these workouts and your willingness to succeed that you will heal.