Rotator cuff injuries can cause severe pain and weakness. They are caused by small tears in the tendons and tissues around the shoulder. Sometimes the injury will heal without surgical intervention, but if the damage is significant, it may be required to prevent permanent damage.
What is a rotator cuff repair? It is often repaired arthroscopically. The surgeon will make small incisions to insert a camera called an arthroscope into the joint along with small surgical instruments. The camera allows the surgeon to visualize the joint on a television screen to help guide the repair.
Patients can generally expect approximately four to six months before pain is reduced and movement is restored after the surgery. Patients need to know that they must restrict shoulder movement for several weeks. Physical therapy is also necessary to have the best possible outcome.
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