Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair and Shoulder Injuries
Rotator cuff injury is very common and very painful. People who work or perform in a manner that requires repetitive stress on the rotator cuff tendons, like those who do work that requires extensive arm lifting, and anyone over the age of 40 could potentially suffer from a rotator cuff tear. Symptoms include arm weakness or pain when lifting, making specific movements, or rotating the arm, pain when resting on the affected shoulder, and a crackling sensation in the shoulder when performing certain movements. Pain from rotator cuff damage increases as time goes on.
Rotator cuff repair involves arthroscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive procedure to reach the rotator cuff and debride, or smooth out, the bone spurs that form and cause pain. If there are tears in the rotator cuff itself, Dr. Baxter will use special tools to repair small tears. Larger tears may require open surgery.
Learn more about Rotator Cuff Repair and other Shoulder Injuries in our Patient Education section.