What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear or tendonitis?
Tendonitis pain and chronic rotator cuff tendon pain can be gradual and can worsen overtime with continued use of the shoulder joint. In contrast, an acute rotator cuff tear will typically present with sharp, immediate pain and weakness in the shoulder joint. Pain at night and shoulder pain while lifting, especially overhead is a common complaint heard by the specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho. The doctors serving Boise, Meridian and Nampa and the Treasure Valley communities will help diagnose and treat the reason for shoulder pain.
How is a shoulder injury diagnosed?
The specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho have extensive experience in diagnosing the exact cause and reason for shoulder problems. Their team will conduct a thorough examination of the shoulder along with a complete patient history to help obtain a proper diagnosis. Several important tests may be utilized to learn the extent of tissue damage including x-rays, an MRI scan or an ultrasound study.
What is the treatment for rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and other shoulder injuries?
Depending on the results of the physical exam and other diagnostic tools, the specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho may recommend surgical or non-surgical treatment.
Patient activity level, age and severity of injury are all important factors to consider before undergoing surgery. If surgery is recommended, the shoulder specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho will discuss the options, benefits of various procedures along with the expected outcome.
Often, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, called arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, can be used. This is where a rotator cuff tear is repaired using a series of small incisions in the shoulder. With the help of a small camera called an arthroscope, and small surgical instruments, tears of the rotator cuff tendon can be repaired without opening the shoulder. Arthroscopic surgery has less recovery time, a lower chance of infection and a quicker healing time.
Non-surgical treatments are aimed at reducing pain and inflammation and increasing function and strength to the shoulder joint. Tendonitis may not require surgical intervention and can be treated with physical therapy, ice, heat, rest and anti-inflammatory medication.
For more information on rotator cuff injuries, tears or tendonitis of the shoulder, please visit The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, PLLC, serving patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.