There are surgical and non-surgical options to treat a rotator cuff injury. Non-surgical options include:
- Modification of or limiting activities that cause the pain
- Physical therapy
- Over the counter pain relief
- Rest and ice
- Steroid injection
Surgical treatment for a torn rotator cuff most commonly involves reattaching the muscles and tendons or smoothing (debridement) the edges of the torn tissue. The most common surgical options include:
- Traditional open repair which requires inpatient surgery with a large incision
- Outpatient surgery with an arthroscopic repair that uses smaller incisions with a small scoped camera to see inside the joint
Physical therapy, immobilization, passive and active exercises are part of the rehabilitation of the joint, which, depending on the severity, could take a few months to heal.
Daniel says, “I tried a couple different things like physical therapy and tried to work through all that. It did work to a degree, but not 100%.” Dr. Schwartzberg conducted tests and determined it was finally time to do surgery to repair the damage.
Daniel says, “I had complete trust in him. Starting from the first time I met him, he was very likable, knowledgeable, and explained all of the test results.”
Like many patients undergoing surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel expressed concerns about the procedure during this time. After visiting Orlando Orthopaedic Center, he realized that he felt completely safe because they had plenty of safeguards in place to reduce exposure to the virus. He says, “I felt very secure with the safety protocols they had.”
Ultimately, Daniel underwent outpatient surgery to repair his rotator cuff. He says, “It was a very streamlined, systematic approach, and it’s pretty impressive.” Today, there are several surgery options, as advancements in these procedures now allow for less invasive procedures that allow the patient to go home the same day without an overnight hospital stay.
Daniel’s experience with outpatient rotator surgery was very positive. He’s back on the job and highly recommends Dr. Schwartzberg and his team. He says, “Many people I’ve worked with have gone through Orlando Orthopaedic Center and had good results.”