Rotator cuff injuries are a common cause of disability in the United States, affecting as many as two million people each year. At his orthopedic offices in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, Florida, experienced orthopedic surgeon, Peter J. Curcione, DO, offers solutions for rotator cuff tears and chronic pain, including minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery. To find out if you’re a candidate for arthroscopic surgery to repair rotator cuff damage, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online. You can also receive a diagnostic evaluation as a walk-in.
Your shoulder has a ball and socket joint that provides you with a wide range of motion. Your shoulder structure makes it possible to throw a ball or reach behind your back with ease.
The ball of your upper arm bone fits into a socket within the shoulder blade. This bone is held in place by a group of tendons known as your rotator cuff. These tendons attach your upper arm bone to the shoulder blade, making it possible to both lift and rotate your arm.
Due to the effects of aging or overuse injuries, your rotator cuff can develop tears. These can either be partial or complete. In a partial tear, the tendon tears but remains intact. If you have a complete tear, the tendon separates from the bone.
If you develop a rotator cuff tear due to direct impact from a fall or sports-related activity, you can experience intense pain and popping sensation in your shoulder and weakness throughout your arm.
If rotator cuff tears develop from overuse or repetitive movements, pain may gradually develop and worsen over time. You’ll also have increased difficulty moving your arm, especially up over your head. Your shoulder pain may also disrupt your sleep.
It’s also possible to have a partial rotator cuff tear without any initial symptoms. Without treatment, the tear can worsen and lead to chronic pain.
If Dr. Curcione determines your rotator cuff is torn through X-rays or an MRI, he initially creates a treatment plan that includes medications, rest, and physical therapy. If you’re not finding relief from chronic pain or your mobility continues to be limited, he may recommend surgery to repair the rotator cuff.
Dr. Curcione specializes in arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. This type of procedure is minimally invasive and only requires small incisions to address rotator cuff damage. Dr. Curcione uses an arthroscope instrument, which contains a light and a tiny camera.
He inserts the scope into your shoulder and the camera sends back real-time images of your inner shoulder structure to an external monitor. Watching this monitor throughout your surgery, Dr. Curcione can successfully repair the tears using specialized surgical instruments.
Arthroscopic surgery offers less risk than traditional open surgery allowing Dr. Curcione to complete even complex repairs with more precision. You also enjoy benefits like:
If you have symptoms of rotator cuff tears, schedule a consultation with Dr. Curcione today, online or by calling the office nearest you.