Rotator Cuff Repair
Almost everyone has a story about their rotator cuff injury. It might have happened while playing tennis, or weightlifting, or on the job. Like the injury itself, treatment can take many paths. The key to Dr. Ralph Venuto’s approach to rotator cuff repair is to find the least invasive option that will provide for adequate healing and lasting relief. If surgery is needed, Dr. Venuto can be counted on for his skill as an expert orthopedic surgeon.
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An Understanding of the Injury
The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles that stabilize and help to move the shoulder joint. Acute trauma, overuse, or weakness due to aging can cause damage to any of these muscles, resulting in pain and loss of motion. Damage can range from a mild strain to complete tear of the muscle. As the body attempts to heal itself, fluid accumulation and inflammation can occur. In the long-term, an injury to the rotator cuff can lead to the formation of arthritis and calcium deposits in the shoulder.
Signs of Injury
When many people start to experience shoulder pain, one of the first causes they think about is injury to the rotator cuff. A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of shoulder pain, but several other injuries or disorders could be the source of the pain. During his initial examination, Dr. Venuto will consider some of the following signs along with performing diagnostic tests to understand the full extent of your injury.
- Pain: Discomfort over the outside of the shoulder and across the upper arm is often associated with a rotator cuff tear. Pain may increase when the arm is raised above head height, or be more prominent at night while sleeping.
- Decreased Strength: People with rotator cuff tears may have trouble holding the arm above their head or straight out in front of their body. Dr. Venuto can perform strength tests on each of the tendons of the rotator cuff to determine the extent of injury.
- Difficulty Performing Everyday Activities: A rotator cuff injury may make it difficult to do even simple tasks, such as combing your hair or clasping a bra. Tasks that require lifting the arm or placing the arm behind the back are often the most difficult.
Choosing Dr. Venuto
Here are just a few reasons why so many people choose Orange County orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ralph Venuto for their care.
- Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializing in sports medicine and the treatment of knee and shoulder disorders.
- One of the first surgeons in the country to perform arthroscopic surgery, without adding trauma or scarring.
- Named one of the “Best Doctors in Orange County” in Orange Coast Magazine’s “The Doctor’s Doctor.”
If Dr. Venuto suspects that you do in fact have a rotator cuff tear, he will send you for an MRI so that he can visualize the extent of the tear. MRIs can show both complete and partial tears, and also may reveal shoulder bursitis, arthritis or calcific tendonitis.
Depending on what is found during the diagnostic phase, Dr. Venuto may recommend non-surgical treatment of the tear. This may include physical therapy, icing or heating of the shoulder, and rest. Whenever possible, Dr. Venuto favors a non-surgical solution. When surgery is necessary, Dr. Venuto uses an arthroscopic approach to repair the torn tendons. Arthroscopy allows Dr. Venuto complete access to the injury while minimizing incisions to reduce scarring and recovery time. A course of physical therapy will be needed after surgery so that you can retain maximum range of motion in the shoulder. The emphasis of physical therapy is on allowing the repaired tendons to heal properly while avoiding shoulder stiffness.
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Pay Attention to Early Warning Signs…
At his orthopedic practice in Newport Beach serving Costa Mesa, Irvine, and all of Orange County, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day who are living with various orthopedic conditions of the knee or shoulder. Paying attention to early warning signs can help lead to earlier treatment, which itself may minimize the pain and disability associated with your condition.
Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email to schedule your visit.