Rotator Cuff Injury - Allen, McKinney TX
Dr Steven B Morgan is a shoulder specialist serving patients in Allen and McKinney TX. The orthopedic doctor provides treatment for a wide range of shoulder conditions including Rotator Cuff Injury,
Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator Cuff injuries can be a source of problem for any individual, in particular, a sportsperson or an athlete. It is therefore important to understand what the rotator cuff is and how we can prevent the occurrence of injuries. In addition, some people might actually develop problems with the rotator cuff and knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment procedures available can help a great deal in such situations.

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that are responsible for holding and stabilizing the shoulder joint. These are connected to the shoulder muscles which in turn are responsible for shoulder mobility in different directions. At times, due to an accident or a certain form of repetitive strain, a person can develop a Rotator Cuff Injury. In such situations, taking medical advice is important so that treatment can be done on time.

Read on to know more about Rotator Cuff Injuries and how this knowledge can help you as an individual in preventing such injuries in the future.

Causes of Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Aging is the primary cause of Rotator Cuff Injuries. As one grows old, the muscles and tendons tend to degenerate thus increasing the possibility of an injury.
  • Shoulder Arthritis can also lead to inflammation of the rotator cuff.
  • Repetitive stress and strain encountered in certain professions like sports can also lead to Rotator Cuff Injuries. Using the same muscles repeatedly over a period of time results in pressure on the shoulders and hence the injury.
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries can also happen due to trauma or an accident. For example, falling suddenly can be one of the causes for the injury.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injury

  • The most common symptom of Rotator Cuff Injury is pain in the shoulder. At times, the pain may show up the very next day after the injury occurred. The person experiences sensations of pain in the shoulder that make it difficult to move around.
  • The intensity of pain can vary with time and some patients complain of severe pain at night. The pain can also get aggravated if the affected shoulder is used to rest upon for a long period of time.
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries are accompanied by shoulder inflammation and tenderness in the tissues. At times the lack of movement and persistent pain could lead to a frozen shoulder.

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is important to get in touch with an orthopedic expert.

Diagnosis of Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Firstly, the orthopedic doctor would like to ascertain whether the injury is first time occurrence or the patient has a history of long-term illness. A variety of diagnostic techniques are employed with the first one of them being a physical examination.
  • The physical examination includes assessing the range of shoulder mobility and looking out for any changes in the shoulder appearance. Your doctor might be interested in knowing the intensity of pain and also the blood flow through examination of pulse rate.
  • At times, the neck can also be examined in order to understand if the pain has spread from the shoulders to the neck as well.
  • To identify the exact location of damage and injury, a physician might go in for advanced techniques like X-rays and MRI scans. This will help in knowing exactly where the damage is and hence devise an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injury

  • The first line of treatment is obviously rest and ice compression. The orthopedic doctor might also give certain medications so as to reduce the pain and swelling.
  • A sling can also be used to support the affected shoulder. But care must be taken to ensure that the sling is not worn for too long or else the shoulder can become stiff and lose its range of motion.
  • For severe cases, steroid injections may be used and for patients who suffer from acute rotator cuff injuries, surgery may be the only way out.

To know more about Rotator Cuff Injury, or to request an appointment with the sports surgeon Dr Morgan, call at (972) 727-9995.