The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint connecting the upper arm to the shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is where four muscles come together to form a tendon that covers the head of the upper arm in the socket and attaches the upper arm to the shoulder blade, keeping the arm in the socket, while allowing it to lift and rotate.
Another player in the shoulder set-up is a lubricating sac called a bursa, which lies between the rotator cuff and the acromion (the small bone on top of the shoulder at the end of the clavicle), and allows the tendons to move freely providing range of motion to the arm.
Rotator cuff disorders and injuries typically include the following:
These disorders are largely brought on by normal wear and tear, overuse, aging, and injury.
If you feel pain or weakness in your shoulder, make an appointment with Dr. Burns to determine the root cause and get started on treatment before the disorder progresses.
There are many ways to treat rotator cuff disorders and treatment depends largely on your age and the severity of your problem.
After a valuation, Dr. Burns can determine the best route for your rotator cuff issue, which may include:
Dr. Burns specializes in both sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, which provides him with a span of options to choose from based on your unique situation.
Many rotator cuff disorders are a result of normal wear and tear and are degenerative in nature. While we can’t stop the forward march of time, we can help the shoulder joints last longer, remain flexible, and guard against injury, with the following guiding principles:
Dr. Burns is happy to recommend a host of options that keep your shoulders functioning at an optimal level.