What is the treatment for a rotator cuff injury or tear?
Rotator cuff injuries that resulted in minimal damage of the tendons are often successfully treated with non-surgical therapies alone. A sling, or other device, may be applied for shoulder joint immobilization to decrease tendon inflammation and eliminate overhead motions that might result in further damage to the tendons. Pain and inflammation can also be managed with a combination of rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). When appropriate, a physical rehabilitation program will be prescribed by Dr. Patel to strengthen the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff.
If a patient experiences a complete rotator cuff tendon tear, damage to the rotator cuff is extensive or complex, or in the event of failed non-surgical therapy, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Patel may recommend a shoulder arthroscopy to properly repair the rotator cuff. This minimally invasive procedure uses a small camera to view the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the shoulder, and any irregularities, such as tears or bone spurs, are excised and repaired with specialized surgical instruments. This arthroscopic surgical technique is preferred among surgeons and patients alike due to the small incisions and shorter recovery period.