Arthroscopy of the Shoulder Can Repair Rotator Cuff Tears in Freehold, NJ
Arthroscopy of the shoulder can be a valuable tool for treating rotator cuff tears. However, at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, we typically begin treatment conservatively. For instance, formal physical therapy (available on site) followed by an at-home strengthening program may be all that a patient needs to regain pain-free shoulder function. On the other hand, when surgery is required, our experienced, board-certified surgeons can often use a tiny camera and specialized surgical instruments to evaluate the interior of the shoulder joint and repair a tear through very small incisions.
The rotator cuff muscles serve the important function of keeping the “ball and socket” shoulder joint centered. To do so, the muscles must be able to contract properly. If the rotator cuff muscles become weakened, torn, or otherwise injured, the damage can render the muscles less effective at performing this centering function. Usually, a rotator cuff tear leads to pain and weakness with shoulder motion. If a patient continues to experience these symptoms despite adequate rehabilitation, the shoulder surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold may suggest arthroscopy of the shoulder.
Depending on a patient’s needs, a surgeon may use several different techniques when performing a shoulder arthroscopy procedure, such as:
- Debridement – The removal of frayed tissue around the edge of a rotator cuff
- Mobilization or margin convergence – The edge of the cuff tear will be restored to its normal position without undue tension
- Suturing – The tear will be fixed into place and secured to the bone with specially-designed suture anchors
You are welcome to discuss arthroscopy of the shoulder and other treatment options for chronic shoulder pain with an orthopedic surgeon at New Jersey Sports Medicine. We believe that a well-prepared patient can achieve the best possible results, and we’re here to help you make well-informed health care decisions.
Contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold, NJ, which serves as a convenient “one-stop shop” for physician’s appointments and physical therapy.