Rotator Cuff Repair

Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Rehabilitation Centers located in Jasper, IN

Rotator cuff injuries can be extremely painful and can even make movement nearly impossible. Fortunately, surgical rotator cuff repair can alleviate pain and restore range of motion. Patients in the Jasper, Indiana, area count on the leading orthopaedic facility in the whole area, Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine, for expert rotator cuff repair. Book online now or call the office to schedule an appointment.

Rotator Cuff Repair Q & A

What is a rotator cuff injury?

A rotator cuff injury means that you've sustained damage to the rotator cuff, the capsule of tendons and muscles around your shoulder joint. The rotator cuff's job is keeping your arm anchored within your shoulder socket while still allowing free movement of both your arm and shoulder.

Rotator cuff injury can happen in many different ways, but the most common cause is repetitive motions. It's a common injury for athletes who often make upward motions with their arms, for example swimmers.

If your job requires regular overhead movements, for example lifting boxes, you're at risk for rotator cuff injury. As you age, you become more susceptible to rotator cuff injury because of simple wear and tear over the years.

Do I have a rotator cuff injury?

There are several signs that you might be dealing with a rotator cuff injury. Signs often include:

  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Persistent shoulder ache
  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Sleep disturbances due to shoulder discomfort
  • Inability to reach up or back

Never try to ignore rotator cuff injury symptoms. If you try to use your shoulder and arm normally while having these symptoms, you may make the injury worse.

What's the treatment for rotator cuff injury?

Treatment for rotator cuff injuries depends on your symptoms. At Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine, your orthopaedic specialist will typically try conservative treatments first. This may include rest, medication, physical therapy, and modification of your activities.

If conservative treatments don't work, your orthopaedic specialist may recommend other options such as steroid injections. If you have a serious rotator cuff tear, you may need surgery. The surgical approach depends on the location and size of the tear. Minimally invasive arthroscopic repair can be effective for many tears, but the most severe rotator cuff injuries may require open surgery.

If you have rotator cuff repair surgery, physical therapy will be an important part of your recovery. Physical therapy helps you strengthen the muscles supporting your rotator cuff, which can greatly reduce the chances of future reinjury.

If you've got a rotator cuff injury that's making life a real pain, the orthopaedic specialists at Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine can help. Book online now or call the office anytime to schedule your appointment.