You may take your shoulders for granted until a problem arises and you realize just how much you use these joints each and every day. At Pacific Regenerative & Interventional Sports Medicine in San Jose, California, Dr. Douglas Blatz offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment for rotator cuff tears, and can help you determine the best way to address shoulder pain and joint instability. Don’t delay seeking care when there are safe and effective treatments available. Schedule your appointment online, or simply call PRISM or stop by the office.
Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and the tendons that connect those muscles to your bones. Your shoulder is a large joint and performs an astounding range of motion. That size and flexibility also leaves your shoulder at a high risk of injury.
Many rotator cuff injuries are the result of repetitive overhead motions, like throwing a baseball or stacking boxes in a warehouse. Some injuries are the result of a fall or traumatic injury like a car accident.
These risk factors increase your likelihood of sustaining a rotator cuff injury:
A thorough physical exam is the first step. Dr. Douglas Blatz looks for areas of discomfort during palpation and range of motion exercises. They might require imaging from X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI to gain a better understanding of what’s going on in your shoulder joint.
If the damage is minor, a period of rest, ice, and a program of physical therapy may be all that’s needed to allow your body to recover. Strengthening your shoulder muscles can help stabilize your shoulder, and steroid injections can help relieve pain.
In some cases, surgery is the best treatment path, especially if you’ve sustained a significant rotator cuff tear. Arthroscopic surgery allows Dr. Blatz to access the joint, remove damaged tissue, and repair torn tendons through very small incisions.
Surgical options include tendon repair, tendon transfer, and even shoulder replacement. Dr. Douglas Blatz works with you to determine your best treatment path, and is always willing to answer any questions or address any concerns you have regarding treatment options. Schedule an appointment today to get started.