Recovering from a rotator cuff injury is a multi-step process and will depend on the severity of the injury and the method of treatment. An orthopedic specialist will evaluate the injury to determine the best course of action for treatment. If the tear does not heal after rest and physical therapy, a doctor might decide that surgery is required to repair the damage.
Beverly Hills Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation
The rotator cuff is the group of tendons and ligaments that provide stability for the shoulder in the joint and allow for normal range of motion. When a tendon tears, either from a mechanical overuse injury, a sudden forceful movement, or the normal wear and tear that occurs with aging, it is usually accompanied with pain and the inability to fully move the arm. Beverly Hills rotator cuff rehabilitation specialist Dr. Steven Meier will evaluate his patient’s injury to decide if the injury can heal on its own or whether surgery is the best option to repair the tear.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to diagnose and repair the tendon with an arthroscope, a surgical device equipped with a camera and small light at the end. With the video images of the shoulder joint projected from the arthroscope’s camera, the orthopedic surgeon can pinpoint and fix the tear with precision. The surgeon only has to make several small incisions around the shoulder joint with arthroscopic surgery, and it can often contribute to shorter healing and recovery time and less pain than traditional open shoulder surgery.
Even in cases where patients are a candidate for surgery, they will still have to undergo a course of physical therapy to rehabilitate the shoulder.
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