If your shoulder pain is the result of a rotator cuff tear, the Rochester Regional Health Shoulder Care Program team will work with you to assess your goals and determine the best approach to restore function – including shoulder surgery to repair or reconstruct the tissues surrounding the rotator cuff.
A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that work together to raise your arm, lift objects away from your body, and rotate your shoulder behind your back. These muscles and tendons can be torn with overuse, repetitive activity, and even traumatic injuries or falls.
Rotator cuff tears are extremely common in the United States, with almost 2 million people visiting a doctor each year because of a rotator cuff problem. Because this muscle group is a key part of helping you move your shoulder, a torn rotator cuff may impact daily activities like brushing your hair, getting dressed, and reaching for objects. Pain is mainly localized to the outer part of your arm and commonly presents aggressively at night.
After an evaluation, our Orthopaedic Shoulder specialists will provide you with the best possible treatment plan, typically starting with non-surgical options including:
When non-surgical treatments are not successful, we may recommend surgery to treat your rotator cuff using cutting-edge minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. Our shoulder orthopedic specialists repair rotator cuff tears by reattaching the tendon back to the bone utilizing small incisions and anchors. This works to tackle your pain and restore your shoulder’s function.