Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tear

The shoulder is one of the most intensely used joints in our bodies. We lift out children in our arms, carry groceries, dance, hug and do many movements we are not even aware of. But we suddenly become aware of the shoulder after a rotator cuff tear that makes any movement painful.

Thankfully, you can make a fast and complete recovery from this injury at our Easley pain center. Let us explain what you need to know about this health problem and how to heal.

What Exactly Is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that control the movements of your shoulder and stabilize this joint. This group of muscles can suffer two types of injuries:

  • Partial tear that affects one of the muscles in the rotator cuff
  • Complete tear that affects the entire tendon or pulls it off the bone

This is a common injury for people who practice sports like baseball or tennis or work in jobs involving repetitive shoulder movements.

Factors Increasing the Risk of Suffering a Rotator Cuff Tear

Certain people have an increased risk to suffer this injury, due to specific health conditions or other factors. These are:

  • Bone spurs (bone overgrowth) in the shoulder
  • Reduced blood flow to the shoulder
  • Genetics
  • Being over 60

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear

Patients who suffered this type of injury often experience these symptoms:

  • Difficulty raising the arm
  • Pain when lying on the arm or performing specific movements
  • Weakness in the shoulder
  • Reduced capacity to lift various objects
  • Clicking and popping sounds in the shoulder when you move it

shoulder pain can be the sign of a serious injury

You should not ignore this injury or leave it to heal by itself. Left untreated, a rotator cuff tear may evolve into arthritis or frozen shoulder, leaving you unable to use the shoulder at all.

The best thing to do is come to our Easley pain center to be diagnosed and receive treatment.

How We Diagnose a Rotator Cuff Tear

After examining you, the doctor will order a set of diagnostic tests to identify the injury and its extent. These tests will include:

  • X-rays to detect potential bone fractures or the presence of bone spurs
  • MRI to have a clear image of the entire shoulder
  • Ultrasound to see detailed images of the tendons, muscles and the bursa in the shoulders

If you suffered a complete tear of the rotator cuff, the doctor may have to refer you to a specialist to perform surgery and then come back to our pain center for post-surgical recovery.

Treatments for Partial Rotator Cuff Tear

After a correct and complete diagnosis of your injury, our doctors will recommend a series of treatments that promote full recovery. At the same time, we will focus on reducing pain and making sure that you will retain the full mobility and strength in your shoulder.

Many of our patients made a complete and fast recovery after receiving the following therapies:

  • Injections with steroids, which have an anti-inflammatory action on the injured tendon
  • Medication management, especially relying on NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to manage pain
  • Physical therapy to promote faster healing and prevent the formation of scar tissue

Our doctors will also recommend rest and avoiding any exertions of the injured shoulders, with the exception of specific exercises which you will learn during physical therapy sessions.

Come to Our Easley Pain Center for a Complete Recovery from Rotator Cuff Tears!

The rotator cuff tear is a serious injury which will heal completely if it is diagnosed and treated in its early stages. Thus, if you feel pain and weakness in your shoulder while performing the simplest movements, do not ignore them.

Instead, let the doctors at our Easley pain center help you make a full recovery, using the most effective and modern treatments.

Call us to schedule your first appointment at: 864-513-8950!