What is My Best Option For an Injured Rotator Cuff – NYC’s Top Shoulder Surgeon
An injured rotator cuff can be extremely painful, particularly if it is left untreated for several days. Below are details that one should learn and know about rotator cuffs:
What are Rotator Cuffs?
A rotator cuff consists of mainly four muscles on a shoulder blade, which include tendons that are connected to the ball of the humerus. These tendons and muscles help an individual to lift and rotate his arms. In addition, it helps to hold the ball of the humerus tightly in the shoulder sockets.
What are Rotator Cuff Tears?
The tendons in the rotator cuff can tear easily. However, they can also be slightly irritated or damaged. When an athlete incurs a complete tear to his rotator cuff, it typically means that the tendon has completely split from its bone.
Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears
An injury to the rotator cuff normally happens for a number of reasons, which can include the following:
- A fall or a strong hit in the shoulder joint
- Overuse over a long period (repeated actions, for instance painting, lifting, throwing, or cleaning windows)
- Wear and tear caused by aging
How Can a Rotator Cuff Tear Affects People?
The following are certain issues that can affect individuals who have incurred an injured rotator cuff:
- Restricted movement
For a number of people, small arm or shoulder movements, such as putting on their coat, lifting groceries or a child, and combing their hair can hurt and even be very difficult to do.
The pain of an injured rotator cuff varies from mild to moderate to extreme. Patients may experience pain on top of their injured shoulder, and at times, in front of it as well. Thereafter, the pain tends to spread downwards to the upper arm and patients will feel increased levels of pain during sleep time, as they lie down on the injured joint.
Swelling is inevitable when a patient injures his rotator cuff. At times, swelling occurs inside his body and he cannot see it.
- Stiffness and Cracking
Patients often hear cracking, popping, or clicking sounds when they move their injured rotator cuff, particularly when they are lifting heavy objects.
Effective Treatment Options
There are two types of rotator cuff treatments and more often than not, patients get much better when undergoing these treatments. If the injury is not very serious, doctors often recommend NSAIDs and rehabilitation. However, if the injury is severe, surgery is often recommended along with several months of quality rehabilitation.
To obtain the best treatment for an injured rotator cuff, please call Dr. Jerry Lubliner at 646-593-7305 or click below and he will call you right back.