A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder, which means that many daily activities like washing your hair or getting dressed may become painful and difficult to do. Dr. Karsch has over 20 years of diagnosing and treating rotator cuff tears, both surgically and non-surgically. Dr. Karsch has offices in Decatur and Sandy Springs, Georgia in order to serve patients in the greater Atlanta area.
Shoulder injuries are amongst the most common orthopedic injury and at the top of the list are rotator cuff tears. Rotator cuff injuries make up more than six million shoulder injuries that are diagnosed in the United States annually. A rotator cuff tear can cause a dull ache or a sharp pain deep within the shoulder. This type of pain often worsens when you try to sleep on the affected side.
The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and several tendons in the shoulder girdle connecting the upper arm (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). The rotator cuff tendons provide stability to the shoulder and allow the shoulder to lift and rotate. This intricate combination of tendons and muscles makes the shoulder more attune to receiving injury through normal wear and tear. Rotator cuff injuries can also occur from falling, lifting, and repetitive arm activities such as demonstrated in sports like tennis, baseball, or swimming. There are two different types of rotator cuff tears: acute and chronic.
Treatment for rotator cuff injuries requires individualized attention based on the significance of the tear, the location, your age, and your activity level. Surgical and non-surgical treatments are the two main courses of action for treating rotator cuff injuries. Generally, non-surgical conservative treatments will be approached first. These can include:
Most rotator cuff injuries don’t require surgery. However, if a rotator cuff is torn, or if other treatments have not helped, surgery such as arthroscopy may be required.
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