Your rotator cuff serves a multitude of purposes. The rotator cuff’s chief function is to grasp the shoulder ball and keep it in the socket. The four muscles that form a rotator cuff on each shoulder are tendons that, when they become frayed, can lead to a tear, causing terrible shoulder pain and range-of-motion limitations.
The pain from a rotator cuff tear can increase each day after the initial injury. The pain makes it hard to move your shoulder joint. Many times, shoulder pain from a tear is the result of trauma. Rotator cuff treatment relieves the discomfort, helps you dodge atrophy and avoid unnecessary long-term pain in the injured arm.
Consequences of not receiving treatment for a rotator cuff tear as soon as possible can include the development of shoulder arthritis. Get an accurate diagnosis and effective rotator cuff tear treatment at New York Pain Care with three locations in New York City and another five throughout Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey.
The people more likely to experience this type of trauma are males and the elderly. If you have a history of arduous, manual labor, or if your job or hobby requires you to work above your head, you may also be more at risk. It usually affects your dominant arm, whether you’re right-handed or left-handed. Acute rotator cuff tears often occur from:
Degenerative rotator cuff tears are most common and happen slowly over time. They’re predominant in people over the age of 40 and athletes who get tears from overuse. People at a higher risk of contracting degenerative rotator cuff tears include:
An element of a recurrent shoulder injury is tendinitis. Tendinitis, an inflamed tendon that causes pain, and shoulder bursitis carry similar symptoms to rotator cuff tears. Symptoms your pain management doctors look for that indicate a rotator cuff tear include:
You may notice that your pain doesn’t diminish even with medication. Instead, you may notice that the pain travels from your shoulder to your upper arm and your elbow. The level of pain also depends on the severity of the tear:
Dr. Amr Hosny and the pain management doctors at New York Pain Care first perform an extensive exam to appraise your pain levels and range of motion. A history of your lifestyle, including a description of when the pain first started, helps them determine whether you have acute damage from a single injury or a chronic impairment from years of progressive weakness. They may request imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis.
With several non-surgical possibilities for rotator cuff tear treatment available, your doctor always prefers to start with the least invasive procedure. Much depends on when the injury occurred and the severity of your symptoms. Initially, treatment for a rotator cuff tear may include:
There are few surgical solutions for repairing a torn rotator cuff as non-surgical solutions are usually the best course of rotator cuff treatment. Your doctor only considers surgery when the tear is significant. Surgical options available include:
Complete recovery takes time from any injury, so patience is crucial. Minor tears may recover within about four weeks, as long as you follow your pain management doctor’s recommendations and pain management strategies. More extensive rotator cuff tears can take as long as six months to fully heal.
Your New York Pain Care specialists are experts in interventional treatment. Dr. Hosny and his qualified team ensure your utmost safety and comfort as they work to return you to your former level of functioning as quickly as possible. Contact the nearest office for an evaluation and begin your recovery.
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