Restore Your Comfort and Range of Motion with Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator cuff repair is a type of orthopedic surgery designed to relieve pain and improve range of motion in a patient's shoulder after injury. The rotator cuff describes the muscles, tendons, and other tissue that surround and support the bones in your shoulder. When these tissues rip or tear, it can lead to pain and a limited range of motion. Dr. Aron Rovner of New York Spine and Sports Surgery provides several types of rotator cuff therapy. To learn more about whether rotator cuff repair is right for you, contact our office in New York, NY.
Diagnosing Rotator Cuff Injury
A rotator cuff injury can be caused by a fall or other accident, from a sports injury, or from natural wear and tear as you age. If the soft tissues that surround your shoulder bones have been torn, you will likely notice pain, swelling, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. These symptoms will persist and can worsen as the rotator cuff injury becomes exacerbated over time.
When you meet with Dr. Rovner for the first time, he will take and examine x-rays. These images will help him determine whether your muscle and tendon tissues have been partially or fully torn.
Exploring Nonsurgical Treatment Options
Like any other type of injury, surgery for an injured rotator cuff should never be the first treatment option to consider. Dr. Rovner provides several nonsurgical treatments for patients whose condition does not warrant surgery, or those who would like to try a less invasive method before they undergo surgery. Additionally, these therapies can be combined with a surgical treatment plan for optimal results. Nonsurgical options include:
- Physical Therapy - Dr. Rovner can design a customized physical therapy plan for you. Physical therapy helps strengthen the rotator cuff muscles, so even though they are injured, the tissue is better able to support the shoulder. Physical therapy can consist of ongoing maintenance or recommended after surgery for several months while a patient heals.
- Oral Medication - Anti-inflammatory medications can reduce swelling in your rotator cuff, which can hinder your range of motion and contribute to discomfort. Dr. Rovner can also prescribe pain medications, which provide relief from chronic or acute pain due to your injury.
- Steroid Treatments - Steroids can be delivered to the treatment area using injections, which are administered directly into the rotator cuff, or taken orally in pill form. Steroids reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Choosing a Surgeon
In some cases (and after more conservative therapy has failed), the best option for rotator cuff treatment is surgery. Dr. Rovner is a respected and skilled surgeon who can execute your treatment with precision. Dr. Rovner uses minimally invasive surgical techniques, using small incisions and long, thin arthroscopic tools. This advanced technique results in a faster healing time, minimized risk of complications, and smaller scars than traditional surgery.
Shoulder injuries can significantly impact your ability to live life to the fullest. Contact us to learn more about rotator cuff repair options today.