Rotator Cuff Treatment
Find personalized care for your type of rotator cuff injury at EvergreenHealth. Count on our fellowship-trained shoulder surgeons and sports medicine specialists for precise care designed to relieve pain and let you comfortably use your joint again.
Causes of Torn Rotator Cuff
Four rotator cuff tendons control the movement of your shoulder, your body's most flexible joint. One or more of them may tear over time if you make the same type of shoulder movements over and over. Less often, rotator cuff tears result from sudden injuries, like those that happen during sports.
Signs & Symptoms
Depending on the size of your rotator cuff tear, you may experience:
- Pain in the front and side of the shoulder
- Pain that spreads down the arm and may make you feel like you have an arm injury
- Trouble reaching up, to the side, or behind your back
- Shoulder weakness
To learn the reason for your symptoms, an EvergreenHealth doctor will physically examine your shoulder and order an imaging test, such as:
Your best treatment may be physical therapy if your rotator cuff tear is small or isn’t the right type for surgery. Over a few months, a caring EvergreenHealth therapist will help you:
- Relieve pain with hands-on soft-tissue techniques
- Do exercises to strengthen your shoulder
- Adjust how you do daily tasks to prevent symptoms
You'll also find out how to prevent another rotator cuff injury, so you can enjoy fuller use of your shoulder for years to come.
Surgical Rotator Cuff Repair
If your doctor recommends surgery, you’ll benefit from EvergreenHealth's less invasive, arthroscopic approach. Instead of making a large incision, the surgeon makes small incisions and inserts a tiny camera and pencil-thin surgical tools inside your shoulder. Then, the surgeon reattaches the torn tendon to bone.
Your recovery will be easier because the surgery is minimally invasive. But the tendon must heal after the procedure, and it may take several months for pain to go away. Your shoulder strength should return within a year as you take part in orthopedic rehabilitation.