Most rotator cuff problems involve a torn tendon. Tendon injuries often need surgery to ensure that you regain shoulder strength and arm movement. The board-certified surgeons at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute offer several kinds of rotator cuff surgery and recommend the one that’s best for your injury and general health. If you have shoulder pain and trouble moving your arm, call the offices in Stockbridge or Griffin, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.
Your rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones in your shoulder. As these soft tissues hold your upper arm in the joint and support the arm’s movement, they bear a lot of stress. As a result, it’s common to develop tendinitis and torn tendons.
A mild or partial tendon tear can improve with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, regenerative medicine, and physical therapy. If the partial tear doesn’t get better, you find that you’re unable to move your arm, or you suffer a complete tendon rupture, your Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute provider will recommend rotator cuff surgery.
You might also want to consider surgery if you plan to return to sports or a job that requires a strong shoulder for overhead movements.
The Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute team has extensive experience performing several kinds of rotator cuff surgery: minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, traditional open surgery, and mini-open repair.
Arthroscopic surgery uses narrow instruments inserted through small incisions. Open surgery uses one incision, but it’s long and causes more trauma to your body.
A mini-open repair combines arthroscopy to examine the joint, followed by repairs made through a smaller incision than the one used for open surgery. In some cases, your provider might also take care of some repairs during the arthroscopic part of the mini-open repair.
After your surgery, you need to keep your arm in a sling to allow your rotator cuff time to heal. This stage of your recovery lasts 4-6 weeks, depending on how severe your injury was and extensive the surgical repair was.
As soon as your surgeon determines it’s safe to move your arm and shoulder, you start passive exercises to gradually restore the arm’s range of motion. During passive exercise, you don’t use the muscles. Instead, a physical therapist safely supports your arm and gently moves it into different positions.
After 4-6 weeks, you can start doing active exercises, moving your muscles on your own. At 8-12 weeks after your surgery, your physical therapist starts you on an exercise program to strengthen the rotator cuff. Most people fully recover after 4-6 months of rehab.
Don’t wait to get treatment for a shoulder injury. Call Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute today or book an appointment online.