Rotator cuff tears are injuries to the tendons that surround the shoulder joint.
Rotator cuff tears may develop because of an acute injury but are most often caused by age-related degeneration or chronic impingement (rotator cuff tendons being pulled and squeezed under the coracoacromial arch). Cuff tears can be diagnosed clinically, but an MRI may be used to determine the extent of the tear and further management. Partial thickness tears are initially treated with conservative management including physical therapy, NSAIDs and activity modification. Physical therapy can often strengthen the surrounding muscles and alleviate or eliminate the pain. If the patient fails with conservative management or has a full thickness tear that is causing significant pain and disability, the patient may be a candidate for arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.