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Rotator Cuff Problem

A rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that keep the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket and allow smooth movement. Pain in the rotator cuff is usually caused by inflammation of the tendons and bursa (the sac where tendons glide across bones), called tendinitis, or a tear in the tendons called a rotator cuff tear. These injuries are common, especially as we age, and may occur in younger people who have jobs that involve frequent overhead arm motions, such as carpenters or painters.

Rotator Cuff

 Signs & Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Problems

A sudden accident or trauma can cause a rotator cuff tear, which results in severe shoulder and arm pain. But, sometimes, the tear is due to aging, and the pain starts off mild and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. But, as time goes by, the pain can get worse, and regular pain relievers stop working. Other signs of rotator cuff problems include:

  • Pain and trouble lifting the arm
  • A clicking or popping sensation when moving the arm
  • Severe arm pain at night
  • Weakness in the shoulder and arm
  • Difficulty lifting heavy objects

If you experience these symptoms, Monarch Pain Management can accurately diagnose and treat rotator cuff problems with a personalized pain management program tailored to your needs. 

Treatments for Rotator Cuff Problems

Rotator cuff injuries don’t heal independently, but this doesn’t mean surgery is the only option. Several patients with rotator cuff problems have experienced better shoulder mobility and decreased pain with many non-surgical treatments. These treatments are targeted to strengthen the muscles of the shoulder. Some of these treatments include:

  • Physical therapy provides a structured program of exercises to strengthen the shoulder muscles.
  • Utilizing an arm sling to give the shoulder rest and ample time to heal. Individuals suffering from rotator cuff problems might need to change certain activities and stop performing specific movements or playing sports for some time.
  • Over-the-counter medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Advil or Aleve) to reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Steroid injections around the rotator cuff tendons can reduce pain and inflammation.  
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: PRP is a substance that is used to promote or improve the healing process.

    The good news is – rotator cuff pain can be treated with non-surgical methods in most patients. However, a rotator cuff injury can worsen over time, even after non-surgical treatments. If the pain persists or worsens Dr. Przybysz may suggest a surgical intervention to alleviate pain and swelling and promote faster healing to restore motion.

    Get Lasting Relief From Rotator Cuff Pain

    We know how hard life can be when you’re in pain. Seeking help from Dr. Przybysz at Monarch Pain Management is the first step in conquering your pain. We’ll work with you and your other healthcare providers to ensure a proper diagnosis and create a customized treatment plan that is right for you.

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