Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery Performed by Board-Certified Surgeons in Monroe Township, NJ
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that hold the upper arm bone (humerus) in the shoulder socket and help the shoulder joint move and rotate. The rotator cuff may require repair if it becomes torn or damaged. Damage can occur in a number of ways, including an acute injury (resulting from a fall or accident), chronic overuse (such as repeatedly throwing a ball or lifting a heavy object), or gradual age-related degeneration.
Rotator cuff repair surgery generally involves reattaching a damaged tendon to the head of the humerus. When appropriate, the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Monroe Township, NJ, perform rotator cuff repair arthroscopically – an approach that involves small incisions and a tiny camera. We offer minimally invasive surgical solutions such as arthroscopy to treat shoulder injuries as conservatively as possible.
In some cases, a partial rotator cuff tear can be repaired through a procedure known as an arthroscopic debridement, in which a surgeon trims away damaged tissue. On the other hand, a very large or complex tear may require open surgery. Following a comprehensive diagnostic process, the orthopedic specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Monroe Township, New Jersey can determine whether surgical rotator cuff repair is necessary and, if so, recommend an appropriate procedure.
With that said, not all rotator cuff tears require surgery. Sometimes, physical therapy can be used to strengthen the shoulder muscles, which may be sufficient to compensate for the effects of an injury. In the meantime, pain and inflammation in the shoulder joint can often be alleviated with:
- Pain-relieving medications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroid injections
In addition to sometimes serving as an alternative to surgery, physical therapy is also an important part of post-surgical recovery. At New Jersey Sports Medicine, our patients can benefit from the expertise of a dedicated team of in-house physical therapists. Working closely with our patients and surgeons, these experienced professionals develop and oversee individualized rehabilitation programs, which may include therapeutic exercises, manual techniques, and functional activities.
To learn more about rotator cuff repair and other treatment options for chronic shoulder pain, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine. You can meet with an orthopedic expert at our office in Monroe Township, NJ.