Shoulder Cuff Tear Treatment in North Beach, MD
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with more range of motion than any other joint in the body. It accomplishes this with a shallow socket of bone that's extended with a cuff of cartilage known as the labrum. The labrum helps keep the ball of your arm bone in place within the shallow socket of the shoulder bone, and it's all held together with a group of tendons and muscles known as the rotator cuff.
The labrum and the rotator cuff are the two likeliest places where a shoulder tear will occur. If you've hurt your shoulder, there's a possibility that there might be a tear. That's why it's extremely important to see a doctor when an injury occurs. To schedule an examination, please call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Shoulder Cuff Tear Symptoms
The only way to truly know if you have experienced a shoulder tear is to be examined by a doctor, but there are several symptoms that can point to this condition:
- Pain when moving the shoulder
- Popping, clicking, or catching when moving the shoulder
- Dull, aching pain
- Weakness or instability
Causes of a Shoulder Cuff Tear
There are a number of reasons a shoulder can become injured, whether it's an immediate physical trauma or simply wear and tear due to time. Some of the causes of a shoulder tear include:
- Falling on your arm or shoulder
- Repeated lifting of heavy objects
- Repeated overhead movements like throwing a baseball
- Instability in the shoulder joint
A shoulder tear is a serious medical condition and needs to be diagnosed by a health care professional. Please call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Shoulder Cuff Tear Treatment
When diagnosing a shoulder cuff tear, your doctor will begin with a range of motion test to evaluate any limitations or pain you're feeling when you move your arm. The findings from this test may require an MRI to get a closer look at the condition of your shoulder.
The most effective way for examining the condition of your shoulder is with arthroscopic surgery. This method involves a small cut which allows your doctor to insert a thin, fiber optic camera to seek out any injuries internally.
Arthroscopic surgery can also be used to correct the condition, and in many cases, this is the only option. However, your doctor may determine that a non-surgical route is your best choice. Some of the non-surgical treatments for repairing a shoulder tear include:
- Pain medications such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
- Physical rehabilitation to strengthen and stretch the rotator cuff
A Holistic Approach to Treatment
Whether it is determined that surgery is the only option for repairing your shoulder, or another method is pursued, your treatment plan will focus not only mending the tear, but strengthening your shoulder to prevent a future injury from occurring. To schedule an appointment today, please call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Annapolis Integrative Medicine
Address1819 Bay Ridge Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403