Rotator Cuff Specialist

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Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialists located in Hattiesburg, MS

If you play sports or have recently had an injury, and have shoulder pain accompanied by a limited range of motion, you may have a rotator cuff tear. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the team of sports medicine professionals offers a variety of treatments from therapeutic remedies to surgical procedures. If you think you have a rotator cuff tear, don’t wait to seek help. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Thomas Baylis or Dr. Jeffrey Burns today by calling the office or booking online.

Rotator Cuff Tears Q & A

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What is your rotator cuff?

Your rotator cuff is the support system that keeps the ball of your humerus (upper arm bone) in your shoulder socket. It consists of four muscles and tendons that surround the joint and allows you to raise and rotate your arms.

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tears?

If you have a rotator cuff tear, you may experience a range of symptoms, including:

  • Dull or achy shoulder pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • DIfficulty lifting your arm or reaching behind you
  • Arm weakness

What causes rotator cuff tears?

Rotator cuff injuries and tears are often the result of wear and tear caused by repeated overhead movements. They’re commonly seen in those who are either in professions that require overhead work, like painters and carpenters, or people who play sports that put the shoulder under repetitive stress, such as baseball, tennis, or swimming.

If your rotator cuff tears because of a single injury, like a fall, seek medical care as soon as possible to facilitate your recovery.

There are two types of rotator cuff tears. With a partial tear, the tendon on the top of your shoulder becomes frayed or damaged. In a complete tear, the tendon is pulled off the bone, or a tear occurs that goes the whole way through the tendon.

How are rotator cuff tears treated?

If you have a partial tear, Dr. Baylis or Dr. Burns may recommend resting your shoulder and treating pain and inflammation with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. They may also teach you strengthening and stabilizing exercises to do daily.

If your rotator cuff tear is extensive, the team at Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine may suggest surgery to repair the damage. Your doctor may need to reattach the tendon to your bone or stitch the tendon back together.

In some cases, the doctor removes a small amount of bone or tissue, giving the tendon more room to move without becoming irritated or inflamed.

If you think you have a rotator cuff injury or tear, don’t wait to seek help. The sooner you treat your shoulder, the better it heals. Call Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule your appointment or book it online now.