Rotator Cuff Repair Specialist

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D. -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine located in Los Angeles, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

Something as easy as reaching for an item in an overhead cabinet, brushing your hair, or lying on your side in bed can seem impossible when you have shoulder pain. Rotator cuff tears are among the most common causes of shoulder pain and may come on abruptly or gradually, with pain ranging from mild to excruciating. The orthopaedic surgeons at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery in the Beverly Grove, Los Angeles Area work quickly to diagnose and treat your shoulder pain. Call the provider, or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.

Rotator Cuff Repair Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons in the shoulder that provide support and enable lifting and rotating your arms. There are two types of rotator cuff tears. A partial rotator cuff tear involves fraying or damage to one of the muscles of the rotator cuff, while a complete rotator cuff tear is a muscle that tears through to the tendon or pulls the tendon off the bone.

What causes rotator cuff tears?

Rotator cuff tears are common injuries resulting from pressure on the rotator cuff from the shoulder blade as the arm is lifted. Rotator cuff injuries come from a variety of causes, including:

  • Normal wear-and-tear
  • Repetitive motion, such as painting or cleaning windows 
  • Sports activities, such as tennis or baseball
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Falling on your arm
  • Motor vehicle accidents

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tears?

Rotator cuff tears are often painful. Schedule an appointment at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery if you have any of the following symptoms of rotator cuff tears:

  • Difficulty raising your arm
  • Pain when moving your arm or lying on it
  • Inability to lift things you normally can lift
  • Weakness in your shoulder
  • Experience popping or clicking noises when moving your arm

Ignoring the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff can lead to more serious and harder-to-treat problems over time, including frozen shoulder or arthritis.

What is rotator cuff repair?

Initial treatment of rotator cuff injuries may be conservative in nature, including resting the shoulder, wearing a shoulder sling, taking pain medication, or receiving steroid injections in the affected shoulder. 

Doctors at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery may recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections produced from your own blood. PRP injections in the shoulder activate healing through the formation of new collagen in the injured tissues.

Once pain is relieved through conservative rotator cuff repair treatment, you need to strengthen the shoulder with physical therapy and exercise.

If nonsurgical treatment does not improve your pain, rotator cuff repair surgery is recommended.

When is surgery recommended for rotator cuff repair?

Surgery is recommended for rotator cuff pain that doesn’t go away with conservative treatment, or if you use your arms overhead frequently for work or sports. Surgery is likely a good option for you if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Symptoms lasting more than six months
  • Significant loss of function in your shoulder
  • You have a tear greater than 3 cm

Don’t ignore your shoulder pain. Call or schedule an appointment online with the excellent team at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery today.