The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder joint, and hold the arm in place and help the shoulder joint to move. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury. This injury is common in athletes, and those who experience a rotator cuff tear in Orem or Provo should see Dr. Mitchell Larsen. There are three common techniques used to repair a torn rotator cuff: open repair, mini-open repair, and arthroscopy.
The following takes place during a rotator cuff repair:
- The tendons are re-attached to the bone.
- Small rivets (called suture anchors) are often used to help attach the tendon to the bone.
- Sutures (stitches) are attached to the anchors, which tie the tendon back to the bone.
Signs of a torn rotator cuff are:
- Pain when you rest or at night, and it has not improved with exercises over 6 to 12 months.
- You are active and use your shoulder for sports or work.
- You have weakness and are unable to do everyday activities.
Recovery can take 4 to 6 months, depending on the size of the tear and other factors. You may have to wear a sling for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Pain is usually managed with medicines. Physical therapy can help you regain the motion and strength of your shoulder, and the length of therapy will depend on the repair that was done.
Reliable Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears
Dr. Larsen performs rotator cuff repairs as a Board-certified medical practitioner who performs shoulder replacement surgery in Provo and Orem. He has been a physician for several U.S. sports teams, and has the skill and experience necessary to effectively treat various shoulder injuries.
Dr. Larsen performs rotator cuff repairs and is more than happy to help you or anyone you know recover from this type of injury or pain. To learn more about rotator cuff repairs and if it’s the right thing for your shoulder condition, come visit Dr. Larsen. You can also do your own research at https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007207.htm.
If you suspect that you need a shoulder replacement surgery and are located in Orem or Provo, please reach out for a consultation.
“Rotator cuff repair.” MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. N.p., 9 May 2015. Web. 21 Jan. 2017.