Repair, Therapy and Rehabilitation
Rotator cuff tears are common sports injuries, but young athletes are not the only people to suffer the pain of torn tendons. Weekend warriors and older adults whose joints are deteriorating because of arthritis or other degenerative joint disease may also experience rotator cuff tears. There are a number of treatment options available, and the experienced doctors at Orthopaedic Bone & Joint Specialists, PA can help you find the therapy that restores your range of motion and relieves your pain.
Understanding Rotator Cuff Tears
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for an extensive range of motion. Keeping your shoulder in place is a network of tendons connecting four major muscles to the top of your upper arm bone (humerus). When one of these tendons tears, you have a rotator cuff tear.
A rotator cuff tear may be partial, meaning the tendon is damaged but not severed, or it may be a full-thickness tear, meaning there is a hole in the tendon so that muscle is no longer attached to the humerus.
Rotator cuff tears can happen suddenly, as in the case of sports injury or accident. Most rotator cuff tears, though, are degenerative—they happen, gradually because the tendon has been weakened or stressed over time.
(For more information on rotator cuff tears, visit the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ rotator cuff tears web pages.)
Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears
Treatment for rotator cuff tears is determined by the severity, type and cause of the tear. Many degenerative tears can be effectively treated with rest, modification of daily activities and OTC or prescribed pain relievers and physical therapy. Those that do not respond to these modalities may require surgical repair. Acute rotator cuff tears—those that result from injury or accident—on the other hand, often require immediate repair via orthopaedic surgery.
Ongoing Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation
Rotator cuff tears that require surgery and/or extensive rest to repair should be strengthened slowly before normal activity is resumed. At-home or in-clinic physical therapy may be part of your rehabilitation program.
Seek Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation from ABQ’s Best
Dr. Altman, at Orthopaedic Bone & Joint Specialists, PA has over 30 years of experience in sports medicine. He is committed to helping you restore joint mobility and function using the least invasive treatments possible. If surgery is required for full recovery, you are in the hands of one of Albuquerque’s Top Docs, as voted by Albuquerque Magazine.
To learn more about rotator cuff therapy, contact us to schedule a consultation.