Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tear
At Sideline Orthopedics, your health is our top priority. Accurately diagnosing a rotator cuff injury, such as a tear, requires a physical examination as well as image-based diagnostics. Dr. Eastwood will order an X-ray and an MRI when needed to determine the severity of the injury. Based on your physical exam, duration of symptoms, image results and degree of pain, Dr. Eastwood will work with you to determine the optimum treatment plan to restore function to your shoulder and minimize your pain.
Partial Rotator Cuff Treatment
The nonsurgical treatment for a partial rotator cuff tear includes:
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injection
- Home exercises
Full thickness rotator cuff tears may require surgical repair to restore function and decrease pain. Some very large tears that are chronic may not be repairable and are better off being treated with therapy. Some of these tears may be treated with a partial repair of superior capsular reconstruction, if therapy does not help.
A surgical option called arthroscopy is a procedure in which a camera is inserted into the shoulder to determine the severity of the tear and how many tendons are involved. Dr. Eastwood can then surgically repair the tendons arthroscopically.