Rotator Cuff Repair Specialist

Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement located in Kansas City, MO

Rotator cuff injuries can be extremely painful and can even make movement nearly impossible. Fortunately, surgical rotator cuff repair can alleviate pain and restore range of motion. Patients in Kansas City, Missouri, can count on the leading orthopedic team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for expert rotator cuff repair. Call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking system.

Rotator Cuff Repair Q & A

What is a rotator cuff injury?

A rotator cuff injury means that you've sustained damage to the rotator cuff, the capsule of tendons and muscles around your shoulder joint. The rotator cuff's job is to keep your arm anchored within your shoulder socket while still allowing free movement of both your arm and shoulder.

Rotator cuff injury can happen in many different ways, but the most common cause is repetitive motions. It's a common injury for athletes who often make upward motions with their arms, for example, swimmers.

If your job requires regular overhead movements, for example, lifting boxes, you're at risk for rotator cuff injury. As you age, you become more susceptible to rotator cuff injury because of simple wear and tear over the years.

Do I have a rotator cuff injury?

There are several signs that you might be dealing with a rotator cuff injury. Signs often include:

  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Persistent shoulder ache
  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Sleep disturbances due to shoulder discomfort
  • Inability to reach up or back

Never try to ignore rotator cuff injury symptoms. If you try to use your shoulder and arm normally while having these symptoms, you may make the injury worse.

What's the treatment for rotator cuff injury?

Treatment for rotator cuff injuries depends on your symptoms. At Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, your orthopedic specialist will typically try conservative treatments first. This may include rest, medication, physical therapy, and modification of your activities.

If conservative treatments don't work, your orthopedic specialist may recommend other options such as steroid injections. If you have a serious rotator cuff tear, you may need surgery. The surgical approach depends on the location and size of the tear. Minimally invasive arthroscopic repair can be effective for many tears, but the most severe rotator cuff injuries may require open surgery.

If you have rotator cuff repair surgery, physical therapy will be an important part of your recovery. Physical therapy helps you strengthen the muscles supporting your rotator cuff, which can greatly reduce the chances of future reinjury.

If you've got a rotator cuff injury that's causing you pain, the orthopedic specialists at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help. Book online now or call the office anytime to schedule your appointment.