The rotator cuff is a critical part of the shoulder. Consisting of the muscles and tendons located at the shoulder joint, the rotator cuff attaches the shoulder to the upper arm, helping the shoulder function correctly and allowing for the arm to be raised.
Injuries to the rotator cuff, such as a strain or tear, are actually quite common. These injuries can happen quickly because of a sudden movement or occur over a slow period of time due to repetitive movements or overuse of the shoulder itself.
Some of the most common symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:
Limited use of the arm
Surgery may be the only option to repair a tear. There are multiple options for rotator cuff repair, including less invasive options like arthroscopy, which requires inserting a small camera into the shoulder joint. And, much of the time, surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, not requiring the patient to stay at the hospital overnight. It’s important to talk with your doctor to determine which surgical option is right for you and your individual need.
At AOC, we understand that rotator cuff injuries are not only painful but also greatly impact a patient’s quality of life and their ability to partake in basic daily activities. Our board certified sports medicine surgeons, Dr. Clayton G. Lane, Dr. W. Christopher Patton and Dr. Cesar M. Roca, Jr. uses the most up-to-date procedures to get life quickly back on track for our patients. For more information, call 251-410-3600 or visit us at alortho.com.