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Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Tear web based movie

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator cuff is the group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling wider range of motion. Major injury to these tendons may result in tear of these tendons and the condition is called as rotator cuff tear. It is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in middle aged adults and older individuals. It may occur with repeated use of arm for over head activities, while playing sports or during motor accidents. Rotator cuff tear causes severe pain, weakness of the arm, and crackling sensation on moving shoulder in certain positions. There may be stiffness, swelling, loss of movements, and tenderness in the front of the shoulder.

Rotator cuff tear is best viewed on magnetic resonance imaging. Symptomatic relief may be obtained with conservative treatments – rest, shoulder sling, pain medications, steroidal injections and certain exercises. However surgery is required to fix the tendon back to the shoulder bone. Rotator cuff repair may be performed by open surgery or arthroscopic procedure. In arthroscopy procedure space for rotator cuff tendons will be increased and the cuff tear is repaired using suture anchors. These anchor sutures help in attaching the tendons to the shoulder bone. Following the surgery you may be advised to practice motion and strengthening exercises.

Large Rotator Cuff Repair

The video below shows Dr. McLaughlin repairing a large, acute rotator cuff repair. Please watch the multimedia presentation on rotator cuff repair prior to watching the video. It wll help immensely in understanding the contents of the video. Click here to view Multimedia presentation of Rotator Cuff Tear.


Small Rotator Cuff Repair

This video demonstrates a simple rotator cuff repair perfomed by Dr. McLaughlin. Prior to watching this video please watch the multimedia presentation on rotator cuff repair by clicking on the multimedia link on the homepage. This will explain in animated form how a rotator cuff is repaired and will help immensely in understanding what is happening in the video demonstration.

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