The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in the shoulder joint providing pivotal support in keeping the ball (head) of your upper-arm bone (humerus) in your shoulder socket.
The Rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and range of motion.
A rotator cuff tear may occur with repeated use of the arm for overhead activities, while playing sports or during motor accidents. Rotator cuff tear causes severe pain, weakness of the arm, and crackling sensation on moving shoulder in certain positions. There may be stiffness, swelling, loss of movements, and tenderness in the front of the shoulder.
Rotator cuff tear is best viewed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Symptomatic relief may be obtained with conservative treatments – rest, shoulder sling, pain medications, steroidal injections and certain exercises. However, dependant on the severity of the tear, surgery may be required to fix the tendon back to the shoulder bone.
Rotator cuff repair may be performed by open surgery or arthroscopic procedure. In arthroscopy procedure space for rotator cuff tendons will be increased and the cuff tear is repaired using suture anchors. These anchor sutures help in attaching the tendons to the shoulder bone. Following the surgery, you may be advised to practice motion and strengthening exercises.
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Once your referral is received we will contact you and arrange for an immediate assessment of your injury or condition with one of Dr Rando’s physiotherapist team. Following this appointment any relevant investigations needed will be facilitated and early management be instituted under the guidance of our qualified Shoulder physiotherapist.
Accurately defining your injury and management pathway leads to earlier recovery with less dysfunction. Non surgical treatment includes activity modification, pain management and if safe, restoring shoulder movement and strength.
The physiotherapist are in regular contact with Dr Rando updating your management, changes to your care pathway can be implemented immediately under Dr Rando’s guidance.
Surgical intervention for your rotator cuff tear may be required if conservative measures do not relieve your pain or dysfunction cannot be overcome with an exercise/physiotherapy program.
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