Rotator Cuff Injury: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 26. October 2015 15:05

The rotator cuff comprises of four muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor that surround the shoulder joint. These muscles help in stabilizing the shoulder joint. Damage to any or all of these muscles and the ligaments can limit the movement of the joint and can lead to rotator cuff injury. There may be a partial or a complete ligament tear depending on the severity of the condition.

Causes:

  • Major injury to the shoulder
  • Degeneration of the tendon tissue
  • Heavy lifting over a long period of time
  • Development of bone spurs in the bones around the shoulder
  • Playing sports that require repetitive arm movements such as baseball and tennis
  • Occupations such as house painting and carpentry
  • Genetic factors

Symptoms:

  • Dull ache that penetrates the shoulder
  • Limited shoulder movement
  • Inability to reach behind your back
  • Difficulty in combing hair
  • Pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder

Diagnosis:

Physical examination is done to locate the exact areas of swelling and pain. X-Rays are conducted to see if there are any broken bones or if you suffer from Arthritis within the shoulder joint. Advanced imaging tests such as MRI scan, arthrography or ultrasonography may also be conducted depending on the severity of the condition.

Treatment:

Persistent pain in the shoulder cuff needs to be immediately examined by a shoulder specialist. Following treatment options could be utilized:

  • Application of ice packs may help in reducing swelling. Rest is recommended along with administration of anti-inflammatory medications as it may help in eliminating pain.
  • Physical therapy: Gradual rehabilitation is enhanced by exercises that help in strengthening the rotator cuff. These may also help in providing flexibility to the shoulder joint.
  • Injection: Cortisone injections are given in case a patient suffers constant pain and extremely limited shoulder motion.
  • Surgery: Surgical intervention is required in case of severe injuries. Open surgery and arthroscopy are two available options.

For diagnosis and treatment of rotator cuff injuries, consult Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic sports surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 899-4679 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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