Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery Can Help Individuals in Freehold, NJ, Find Relief From Shoulder Pain
Rotator cuff repair can be performed arthroscopically by the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ. Our surgical team is proud to be part of a professional sports medicine community that has developed minimally invasive surgical solutions to treat shoulder injuries as conservatively as possible.
While a rotator cuff tear can result from a fall or other accident, many people who are diagnosed with this condition do not recall a single traumatic event. Oftentimes, a tear will develop gradually along with repetitive use and ongoing wear and tear. For this reason, it’s important to pay close attention to persistent shoulder pain and “popping” sensations, and to consult with a physician if the symptoms do not improve with a few weeks of rest or a course of anti-inflammatory medication. An orthopedic specialist at New Jersey Sports Medicine can determine whether rotator cuff repair surgery is appropriate or recommend another form of treatment, if necessary.
It’s important to keep in mind that shoulder pain does not always require surgery. For instance, physical therapy can often strengthen the shoulder muscles enough to compensate for an injury, and steroid injections can sometimes reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort. In the event that surgery is the best option for a patient, a shoulder expert at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold may recommend arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. This minimally invasive approach may involve:
- Debridement – Removing loose tissue, such as tendon fragments and other debris that has collected around the shoulder joint and is restricting range of motion
- Tendon repair – Mending a torn edge of a supraspinatus tendon
- Subacromial smoothing – Removing bony deposits (bone spurs) from a shoulder blade to reduce pressure on and irritation of the rotator cuff tendon
Following rotator cuff repair surgery, physical therapy is often a key component of rehabilitation process. At New Jersey Sports Medicine, our patients can benefit from the expertise of our dedicated team of in-house physical therapists. These experienced professionals work closely with our physicians and patients to develop and oversee individualized treatment plans, 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 the orthopedic experts at New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold, NJ.