When we talk about the group of muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint, we’re referring to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is essential for supporting your shoulder joint, as well as enabling the wide range of motion of which your shoulder is capable. Unfortunately, because these muscles work so hard, injuries to these tendons are common and can quickly become a hindrance to your everyday life.
Dr. Joseph Norris is a highly experienced orthopedic shoulder specialist who provides surgical treatment for shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears and shoulder impingements. Using state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive techniques, Dr. Norris is able to minimize trauma to the muscles around your shoulder during your surgery, resulting in a faster, less painful recovery period.
If you’ve been living with a shoulder injury such as an impingement or rotator cuff tear, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Don’t delay -- if you’re ready to get back in the game and start living pain-free, schedule your first appointment with Dr. Joseph Norris today.
Rotator cuff tears are an extremely common source of shoulder pain, especially for adults who are middle-aged and older. Injuries to the rotator cuff can happen for a number of reasons, including repetitive overhead movement of the arm. This is why rotator cuff injuries are so common in sports, especially those which require these movements, such as swimming, baseball or softball. Additionally, rotator cuff injuries often happen after a motor vehicle collision that impacts the shoulder, or as a result of wear and tear in those whose occupations require repeated overhead movement and heavy lifting.
Some of the most common symptoms Dr. Norris identifies in relation to a rotator cuff injury include:
While your symptoms may be relieved by conservative treatments such as pain medication, injections, or resting your arm in a sling, rotator cuff surgery is often necessary to achieve long term relief. This is because your shoulder bone has become detached from the affected tendon, and it will need to be reattached. Dr. Norris provides minimally invasive rotator cuff tear surgery, which uses an arthroscope (or small camera) to see inside your shoulder joint instead of opening your entire shoulder. This allows Dr. Norris to make smaller incisions, resulting in less pain and a shorter recovery period after your procedure.
Another common type of injury to these tendons surrounding the shoulder joint is shoulder impingement. You may be familiar with the condition by another name -- it’s also known as swimmer’s shoulder, tennis shoulder, or rotator cuff tendinitis. The condition is marked by inflammation in these tendons, usually due to some of the same circumstances that can cause rotator cuff tears. These circumstances include:
Shoulder impingement can cause moderate to severe pain, and can have a serious impact on your ability to play sports or even participate in daily life. If you’re living with shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Norris to determine if shoulder impingement is the cause.
While it’s likely that you will need surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, there’s only one way to know what you need for sure, and that’s to visit a highly-qualified orthopedic specialist for an exam.
You may be at an exceptionally high risk for shoulder injuries if you:
Each body is different, therefore each patient’s recovery will be different. However, the minimally-invasive techniques employed by Dr. Norris result in a shorter recovery period -- as well as less pain and cost -- than methods traditionally used in the past. Dr. Norris will discuss your recovery timeline with you as part of your treatment plan.
Yes! Physical therapy is an extremely important element of any surgical treatment, and it will be essential to helping you return to full mobility after your shoulder injury. It’s vital to follow all of the post-operative guidelines outlined for you by Dr. Norris in order to make the most complete, effective recovery possible.