About Rotator Cuff Tears
The rotator cuff includes a group of tendons and muscles that are linked and surround the shoulder joint. Their main purpose is to maintain the stability of the upper arm to the shoulder socket and keep it in place. When an injury occurs to the rotator cuff and causes a tear, it may vary in severity and require immediate medical attention. Typically the result of an injury or traumatic event, a rotator cuff tear can result in a variety of symptoms that can make everyday tasks difficult to perform. Most individuals who have a rotator cuff injury often complain of a dull ache that worsens over time, and the injury makes everyday tasks and functions difficult. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams provides optimal treatment options for individuals who have experienced a rotator cuff tear. Learn more about the available treatments by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation.
Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear
One of the most common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear is a constant, deep ache in the shoulder. Additional symptoms and side effects can also include:
- Difficulty sleeping, especially when lying on the injured shoulder
- Arm weakness
- Occasional sharp pains
- Difficulty raising your arm above your head
Prior to recommending any form of treatment for a rotator cuff tear, Dr. Williams will evaluate your current symptoms and medical history to determine the best procedures to allow you to receive optimal results.
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Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears
A rotator cuff tear can be caused by a significant injury or traumatic injury or be due to the everyday wear and tear on the area. Repetitive movements can also contribute to a rotator cuff tear. Additional risk factors may include age, participating in sports activities, construction jobs, and having a family history of rotator cuff injuries. The best way to prevent further rotator cuff injuries is to perform exercises to strengthen the shoulder, as well as the back muscles. After determining the exact cause of your rotator cuff tear, Dr. Williams will provide you with any necessary tips and recommendations to prevent future injuries to the area.
Rotator Cuff Tears Treatment Options
In some cases, conservative methods are all that is necessary to treat a rotator cuff tear. This could include rest, ice, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory medication. If none of these alleviate your symptoms, Dr. Williams may then suggest steroid injections into the affected shoulder to help provide pain relief. In more severe cases of a rotator cuff tear, surgery may be the only available option for eliminating painful symptoms. After your thorough consultation, Dr. Williams will explain all of your available treatment options to you and let you know what you can expect throughout the treatment process.
Find Relief Today
A rotator cuff tear can greatly affect your ability to perform everyday tasks, leading to pain and difficulty sleeping. At our Atlanta, GA facility, Dr. Christopher Williams can diagnose and treat rotator cuff tears to allow you to live more comfortably. Contact Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams.