Rotator Cuff Tear – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Goodhart, a Carrollton, TX based board certified orthopedic surgeon, provides comprehensive treatment for a wide range of shoulder injuries. He specializes in diagnosing and treating Rotator Cuff Tear to help patients restore the normal range of movement of the shoulder.

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles, teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus and subscapularis, within the shoulder joint. It helps to hold the head of the humerus in the shoulder socket (glenoid). The muscles also keep the shoulder stabilized and assist in the lifting as well as rotational movement of the arm. As a result of extensive range of motion of the shoulder, rotator cuff muscles are more likely to get torn or damaged. Depending upon severity, the injury can be classified as:

  • Partial Tear: In this, the soft tissues are partially damaged but not torn.
  • Full Thickness Tear: This type of tear involves complete detachment of the tendons from the humerus.

Causes Of Rotator Cuff Tear

  • Shoulder injury
  • Degeneration of the rotator cuff tendon tissue
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Growth of bone spurs in the shoulder
  • Repetitive arm movements in sports
  • Excessive lifting of the arm
  • Genetic factors
  • Falling on the shoulder

Symptoms Of Rotator Cuff Tear

  • Dull and persistent pain, particularly when lying on the affected shoulder
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Difficulty reaching behind the back
  • Unable to raise the arm overhead
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cracking sensation while trying to move the shoulder

Diagnosis Of Rotator Cuff Tear

After physically examining the shoulder joint and evaluating the symptoms, the orthopedic doctor may ask the patient to move the arm in different directions to check for range of motion. X-ray may be conducted to diagnose other potential causes of shoulder pain, such as bone spurs or Arthritis. Further investigations, such as MRI, Ultrasound or CT scan, may help to detect damage to other structures within the shoulder.

Treatment For Rotator Cuff Tear

  • The orthopedic doctor may advise the patient to take rest and avoid doing overhead activities.
  • A sling or brace may be used to restrict the movement of the shoulder and allow the tendons to heal.
  • Ice packs may be applied at regular intervals to reduce stiffness and pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the orthopedic doctor. To relieve severe pain and discomfort, cortisone injections may be administered.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen the rotator cuff tendons and improve the flexibility of the shoulder joint.
  • If non-surgical treatment does not provide relief, surgery may be required. The procedure may involve re-attaching the torn tendon to the humerus.

For treatment of Rotator Cuff Tear, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.