Rotator Cuff Surgeons in Gallatin TN and Nashville TN
Rotator cuff is composed of muscles and tendons linked to the arm of the humerus of the shoulder to lift and move the arm of your body. A rotator cuff tear occurs due to injury, an inflamed tendon, and overuse, as a result, the shoulder becomes weak, causes severe shoulder pain, and decreases the motion of the shoulder If the injury to the shoulder is diverse and the tendon is torn and tear orthopedist suggests surgery. Dr. Thomas Gautsch MD, FACS, FAAOS is an orthopedic surgeon who helps to reduce rotator cuff injuries such as tendinopathy, impingement, bursitis, partial tears of the rotator cuff tendons, and bone spurs. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations for you in Gallatin, TN, and Nashville, TN.
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The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that connect the upper arm bone, known as the humerus, to the shoulder blade, known as the scapula. These muscles and tendons work together to lift and rotate the arm, and also help to stabilize the shoulder joint.
Rotator cuff pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as tendinitis, impingement, tears, arthritis, and bursitis. Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons in the rotator cuff, often caused by repetitive overhead motions or overuse. Impingement occurs when the tendons or bursa in the rotator cuff become pinched or compressed, which can cause pain and inflammation. Tears in the rotator cuff tendons can lead to pain and weakness in the shoulder. Arthritis can cause inflammation in the joints, including the shoulder joint, which can also affect the rotator cuff. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, which can cause pain and swelling.
Symptoms of rotator cuff pain may include pain in the shoulder, weakness, stiffness, limited range of motion, a popping or crackling sensation in the shoulder and pain that worsens at night. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your shoulder, it’s important to see an orthopedic surgeon for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate a damaged rotator cuff, including:
Pain: Pain in the shoulder, particularly when reaching overhead or behind the back, is a common symptom of rotator cuff damage. The pain may also worsen at night.
Weakness: A damaged rotator cuff can cause weakness in the shoulder, making it difficult to lift or rotate the arm.
Stiffness: The shoulder may feel stiff or have limited range of motion if the rotator cuff is damaged.
Pop or crackling sensation: You may feel or hear a popping or crackling sensation in the shoulder when you move it.
Tenderness: There may be tenderness in the shoulder when you touch the area around the rotator cuff.
These symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, such as shoulder impingement or arthritis, so it’s important to see an orthopedic surgeon for a proper diagnosis. They will conduct a physical examination, and may also order imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI or ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis.
Whether or not you need surgery for a rotator cuff problem depends on the severity of the injury and your individual circumstances. In many cases, conservative treatment options such as physical therapy, rest, and medication may be enough to alleviate symptoms and help the rotator cuff heal. Physical therapy can help to improve range of motion, strength, and flexibility, which can help to reduce pain and improve function. Anti-inflammatory medication can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.
However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the damaged tissue. Surgery may be recommended if:
– Your rotator cuff tear is large or complete
– You have chronic shoulder pain that has not improved with conservative treatment
– You have significant weakness in your shoulder
– You have a tear that is causing nerve compression.
If surgery is recommended, your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the specific details of the procedure with you, including the risks, benefits, and recovery time.
Whether rotator cuff surgery is worth having depends on your condition, its severity and your individual needs and goals. Rotator cuff surgery can be effective in relieving pain and improving function in individuals with severe or chronic rotator cuff injuries.
If you have a significant rotator cuff tear, chronic pain that has not improved with conservative treatment, and significant weakness or loss of function, rotator cuff surgery may be recommended as an effective way to alleviate symptoms, repair or replace the damaged tissue, and restore function to the shoulder.
Additionally, if the tear is causing nerve compression, surgery may be recommended to avoid long-term complications. It’s important to have a thorough discussion with your orthopedic surgeon about the specific details of your injury, the risks and benefits of surgery, and your overall health and lifestyle before making a decision.
Contact our clinic today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations for you in Gallatin, TN, and Nashville, TN. We serve patients from Gallatin TN, Nashville TN, Portland TN, Hendersonville TN, Lafayette TN, Castalian Springs TN, Westmoreland TN, Hartsville TN, Cottontown TN, Old Hickory TN, Goodlettsville TN, Springfield TN, Red Boiling Springs TN, White House TN, Lebanon TN, Greenbrier TN, Bowling Green KY, Bethpage TN, Lavergne TN, Franklin TN, Hermitage TN, Mount Juliet TN, and surrounding areas.
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