Rotator Cuff Tear Surgeon in Spartanburg, SC, Duncan, SC, and Greenville, SC

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tears: What You Need to Know

The rotator cuff, a crucial group of tendons in the shoulder, plays a vital role in stabilizing and moving the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff tear is a common but serious injury, that occurs when one or more of these tendons are partially or completely torn. Understanding the importance of timely treatment is essential for recovery. If you suspect a rotator cuff tear, contacting a shoulder specialist at Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) should be your immediate step. Postponing medical attention can exacerbate the injury and intensify symptoms.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear: What Should You Look Out For?

Experiencing a rotator cuff tear can involve various symptoms. Patients often report:

  • Crepitus or noticeable cracking or popping sensation when moving the shoulder.
  • Difficulty in raising and rotating the arm.
  • Persistent shoulder pain.
  • A sense of instability in the shoulder joint.
  • Noticeable weakness in the shoulder.

Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears: What Are the Risks?

Rotator cuff tears can result from several factors, with the most common causes being:

  • Aging and natural wear and tear.
  • Accidents, such as falling onto an outstretched arm.
  • Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.
  • Repetitive stress or overuse, especially in sports involving throwing.
  • Injuries or trauma to the shoulder.

Diagnosing Rotator Cuff Tears: How Does CONA Identify the Problem?

At CONA, our specialists employ a comprehensive approach to diagnose a rotator cuff tear. This process includes:

  • Detailed discussion of symptoms and injury circumstances.
  • A complete physical examination focusing on shoulder strength and flexibility.
  • Advanced medical imaging, including X-rays for bone structure analysis and MRI for a detailed view of bones and soft tissues.

Effective Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears: What Are Your Options?

Treatment strategies at CONA are tailored to the severity of the tear:

Non-Surgical Approaches: For partial tears, our specialists may recommend:

  • Immobilization using a sling.
  • Steroid injections for pain relief.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).
  • The RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
  • Customized physical therapy programs.

Surgical Solutions: In cases of complete tears, minimally invasive surgery might be necessary. This procedure involves repairing and reattaching the torn tendon to the shoulder bone, ensuring a smoother, more comfortable recovery.

Why Choose CONA for Your Shoulder Care?

At Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates, we are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for rotator cuff injuries. With state-of-the-art facilities in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Greenville, SC, our team of experienced shoulder specialists is ready to assist you through every step of your journey to recovery. Whether it’s initial consultation, detailed diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, or post-treatment care, CONA is your trusted partner in shoulder health.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin your path to recovery. Remember, early intervention is key to effective treatment and faster healing. We serve patients from Spartanburg, SC, Duncan, SC, and Greenville, SC.

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