How Can a Rotator Cuff Tear be Treated?
Mario underwent a minimally invasive rotator cuff surgery with Dr. Burkhart to reduce his shoulder pain and return to the lifestyle he loves.
When creating a recovery plan for a torn rotator cuff, there are both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.
Nonsurgical treatments for a rotator cuff tear include:
- Steroid injection(s)
- Strengthening exercises and physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Rest the shoulder muscles
If nonsurgical, conservative treatment is unsuccessful, minimally invasive rotator cuff surgery may be required.
“For most patients, strength will not improve without surgery,” says Dr. Burkhart. “Luckily, advances in surgical techniques allow us to repair most rotator cuff tears arthroscopically using the latest minimally invasive techniques.”
Using this method, patients are in surgery for less than an hour and are able to return home the same day as the procedure.
“During surgery, we insert a small camera into the shoulder joint,” explains Dr. Burkhart. “Using the arthroscope and other precision tools, we reattach the torn tendon to the bone using small incisions which make for a faster recovery time with less pain.”