Rotator Cuff Injury - Plano, Frisco TX
Dr Adam Kouyoumjian is an experienced orthopedic surgeon in Frisco and Plano TX offering comprehensive and effective treatment for Rotator Cuff Injury. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder. The orthopedic surgeon also performs minimally invasive total joint replacement procedures.

Rotator Cuff Injury

The Rotator Cuff constitutes of four muscles that are responsible for moving and stabilizing the shoulder joint and adjusting the position of the humeral head (upper end of the humeral bone) and scapula (shoulder blade) during shoulder movement. Any injury can damage Rotator Cuff muscles and ligaments that attach the muscles to the bones, and limit the use of the shoulder joint and causes pain and discomfort. The injury can also occur due to aging and chronic overuse of the muscles. Rotator Cuff Injury is common among sports persons who repeatedly perform overhead motions

Rotator Cuff Injury leads to pain and spasm, which further limits the range of motion of the shoulder, a ball-socket joint. The humeral head cannot move smoothly and inflammation causes accumulation of fluid within the joint, which also limits the movement. The problem can also cause Arthritis and calcium deposits and in case of permanent damage, a surgery may be required.

Causes of Rotator Cuff injury

Repetitive strains and acute injury are the major causes of Rotator Cuff Injury. Some other causes include

  • Suddenly raising arm with a jerk
  • Falling on the shoulder
  • Lifting something with force
  • Attempting to cushion a fall
  • Excessive overhead activity
  • Bone spur
  • Repetitive trauma to the muscle
  • Degeneration of the muscle with age
  • Any previous acute injury that has caused damage to the structure of the shoulder

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff injury

  • Pain while doing overhead activities and while sleeping
  • Decreased range of motion of shoulder
  • Inability to reach the back and do everyday tasks
  • Difficulty in raising the arm over the head
  • Inability to hold the arm directly out from the body
  • Weakness of the shoulder
  • Difficulty in carrying objects

How can orthopedic surgeon in Frisco TX treat Rotator Cuff?

If the pain from the Rotator Cuff worsens with shoulder movement, you must consult your orthopedic doctor. He may recommend some tests including MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, etc., to reveal the extent of damage to the muscles and soft tissues. The treatment for Rotator Cuff Injury involves rest, ice packs, and physical therapy. In case of completely torn muscles and tendons, the patient may require surgery.

In severe cases, the orthopedic doctor may recommend surgery, which includes repairing and reattaching the upper arm bone, bone spur removal and shoulder replacement.

Prevention Tips for Rotator Cuff Injury

Though it is difficult to prevent accidents and falls; however, overuse injuries can be prevented by being cautious. Avoid stressing the shoulder and always warm up before performing any task and sporting activity. Stretching is effective for preventing Rotator Cuff Injury.

To schedule an appointment with Dr Kouyoumjian in Plano, call at (972) 985 – 1072 and for an appointment in Frisco, call at (214) 618 – 5502.