Shoulder disorders and injuries are most prevalent among athletes. But, if your job also involves straining your shoulders’ muscles, tissues, and tendons, you can still have damage, such as a rotator cuff tear West Chester. A rotator cuff refers to the muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint. Therefore, it is valuable for your stabilization and ensures you can lift your upper arms. In America, nearly over 1.5 million people seek medical treatment for rotator cuff tears.
When you have a rotator cuff issue, you may not always feel it. But, sometimes, you may experience related symptoms such as difficulty raising arms, discomfort during arm movement, shoulder frailty, and difficulty lifting things. You may also hear a light crack or click while performing an arm movement.
Generally, the rotator cuff damage may be due to shoulder bruise or prolonged, strenuous use resulting in the gradual degradation of your tendon. For instance, a tumble or an accident may injure your shoulder tendon.
Moreover, if you subject your hands and shoulders to frequent physically demanding lifting or straining, you may also bruise and sore the shoulder’s tendons. For example, athletes, construction workers, firefighters, window cleaners, and carpenters are susceptible to the condition.
Apart from your occupation, you may also be highly prone to rotator cuff damage because of genetic predisposition, shoulder bone overgrowth, insufficient blood supply, and aging. When you reach 60 years and above, you naturally become susceptible to tearing the rotator cuff.
Because of advanced age, you are likely to develop bony growths at the end of the bones in your shoulders. That can also lead to the tearing of the rotator cuff.
You risk developing a tendon detaching completely from the shoulder bone without remedying your rotator cuff tear.
As a result, you may have arthritis in your shoulders, leading to a permanent deterioration of the shoulder joint, motion loss, and chronic discomfort.
Therefore you should visit a rotator cuff tear specialist as soon as possible. After examining your overall health and medical history, your specialist will often recommend non-surgical treatments for your condition. Usually, non-invasive treatments solve over 83% of shoulder pain issues.
Some noninvasive treatment options your specialist may recommend are resting, modifying your activities, using anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections.
Regarding physical therapy, your health provider will formulate an exercise regimen that delivers optimum reinforcement, conditioning, and movement of your shoulder and other upper extremities.
Your health specialist may also request that you avoid specific tasks to minimize your shoulder problem.
Nonsurgical treatments are advantageous to you since you can avoid the potential risks of a surgical procedure, such as infections and slow recovery.
However, if your rotator cuff tearing does not respond to noninvasive remedies, a rotator cuff specialist will have no option but to prescribe surgery. Surgical treatment may also be suitable for you if you are more than 55 years old since a tear may worsen at that age.
Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the options for surgically repairing your ruptured rotator cuff.
Contact Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today for conservative and surgical solutions to your cracked rotator cuff.