Rotator Cuff Tear Specialist

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Queens, Forest Hills, NY

Rotator cuff tears require as many as 2 million people in the United States to seek medical treatment each year. If you’re experiencing a limited range of motion, stiffness, or pain, schedule a rotator cuff evaluation at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, right away. You can book your appointment directly through the website, or you can call to schedule over the phone.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What causes a rotator cuff tear?

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of your humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collarbone). It’s because of your rotator cuff, a group of muscles that function as connective tendons, that your arm stays in place and rotates freely. 

Because your rotator cuff is prone to overuse with just about every move you make throughout the day, injuries are quite common. You can tear your rotator cuff due to:

  • Lifting something heavy or falling down (acute tear)
  • Repetitive stress, like if you’re a baseball pitcher
  • Development of bone spurs

Rotator cuff tears are sometimes gradual age-related injuries, too. As you get older, blood flow to your rotator cuff lessens, which can affect your body’s ability to heal itself. Minor tears and injuries can quickly become serious issues. 

How do I know if I tore my rotator cuff?

The only way to know for sure if you tore your rotator cuff is to come into Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine for an evaluation and imaging. Your dedicated orthopedist needs to know about all of the symptoms you’re experiencing, which may include:

  • Weakness in your arm
  • Difficulty raising your arm 
  • Pain when moving your arm
  • Crackling sensations in your shoulder joint

Rotator cuff discomfort can become severe enough to keep you up at night and disrupt your sleep. Before your symptoms progress any further, see how the team of board-certified orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help. 

What is the treatment for a rotator cuff tear?

Treating a rotator cuff tear depends on its severity, as well as your symptoms. Your orthopedic surgeon at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is likely going to get you started on conservative treatments first, which may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Stem cell therapy 
  • Activity modifications 
  • Daily stretching exercises 
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Ultrasound-guided injection therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If conservative therapies aren’t effective after several months of trying, or if you have a severe rotator cuff tear, your physician may recommend surgery. Modern rotator cuff surgery is minimally invasive and often performed arthroscopically. 

Your dedicated orthopedic surgeon at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can reattach tendons and make any essential repairs to restore your shoulder joint to full function. 

If you suffered from a rotator cuff tear, contact Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine for an evaluation. Click on the online scheduler or call the office to speak with a team member.