A torn rotator cuff can be mended with arthroscopic surgery if physical therapy, medication, and other forms of treatment do not relieve the pain. Keep the following details in mind when considering shoulder or rotator cuff surgery.
The first step is a diagnosis, which includes detailing the patient’s history, a physical examination, and possibly imaging such as X-rays or an MRI. A treatment in line with the diagnosis will be created, and if all other treatment does not suffice, surgery may be recommended.
The rotator cuff may have been torn due to a muscle abnormality or spurs that have formed along the surface bones. Pain in the front of the shoulder can be caused by damage to the bicep’s tendon. Even scarring can cause pain and a limited range of movement. To correct these issues, punctures are made into the shoulder so that the surgeon can properly assess the tears’ features. Stitches are then used to affix the muscle back down to the bone.
Recovery time can vary wildly depending on the severity of the tears and damage to the rotator cuff. The first step is treating the shoulder with ice and pain management, allowing it to heal after surgery. Next, passive range of motion, where a physical therapist moves your arm, helps you back on the road to restoring your range of motion. Once the muscle is adequately healed, active assisted range of motion is put into practice. Strengthening is the final step to recovery.
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