Rotator Cuff Injury (cont.)
- An orthopedic surgeon may be consulted regarding the possible need for surgery.
Physical therapy is an important component of treatment regardless of whether surgery was performed. A health-care provider referral may be needed.
Rotator Cuff Injury Prevention
- Accidents happen and falls may be difficult to prevent, especially in sporting activities.
- Overuse injuries may be prevented by appropriately warming up before performing tasks that will stress the shoulder joint. This applies to daily and work activities as well as sports. Stretching before or after an activity is also a reasonable prevention strategy.
Rotator Cuff Injury Prognosis
- Depending on the age of the person and the extent of the injury, nonsurgical treatment is reported to have a success rate of 40%-90%.
- Older people may have a much longer time to complete recovery.
- Those patients undergoing surgical repair have a high rate of recovery. One study found 94% of the people were satisfied after surgery with lasting relief of pain and improved function. Results depend upon the extent of the injury. Patients with large rotator cuff tears fare less well.
Rotator Cuff Injury Picture
Shoulder. Hooked anterior acromion.
Stoller, D.W. Stoller's Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: The Shoulder, 1st ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/4/2015
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