If you play baseball or participate in other sports that require regular use of your shoulder, you may be at increased risk for rotator cuff tears. This type of injury can be painful and reduce the functionality of your shoulder joint. The experienced surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. offer surgical repair services to fix a damaged rotator cuff and enhance the mobility of your shoulder. Schedule an evaluation at their office in San Diego today, online or by phone, to find out if rotator cuff repair is right for you.
Your shoulder joint is made up of a complex group of tendons and muscles that form a protective cuff, which makes the versatile movements of your shoulder possible. Due to aging, underlying disease, or overuse, your rotator cuff can suffer damage like strains and tears that interfere with your shoulder’s mobility.
When a rotator cuff tear is severe, you may have a limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. It can become difficult to lift your shoulder over a certain height or move the joint in a back and forth motion.
If you have chronic pain or limited mobility due to a rotator cuff injury that can’t be treated with rest or physical therapy, your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. may recommend repair surgery.
After a thorough evaluation of your injury and a review of your health history, the skilled physicians can determine if surgery is the best option for the long-term health of your shoulder joint.
Generally, the surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. use arthroscopy techniques to repair the rotator cuff. This involves the insertion of a slender instrument with an attached camera that sends real-time images of your inner shoulder structures to an external monitor.
Many surgeries require only a small incision to access the damaged muscles or tendons. Your surgeon can reattach the torn tendons to the bone using dissolvable sutures or metal anchors that hold them in place.
Your surgeon at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can also repair other injuries identified during your surgery.
You can expect to go home and rest following your surgery. Wearing a sling while you heal can stabilize your shoulder and reduce your risk of injury.
It can take up to six months to fully recover from a rotator cuff repair, and your surgeon may recommend physical therapy after the first month to help improve your range of motion and strengthen the muscles that support your shoulder.
Learn more about the benefits of rotator cuff repair surgery for relieving chronic shoulder pain by calling San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. or booking a consultation online today.