Shoulder Pain Video

By Bruce Steinberg, MD

Shoulder Pain Video

Dr. Bruce Steinburg of the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute explains Shoulder pain from Rotator Cuff tears in this VIDEO.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain may be a sign of Rotator Cuff Tears. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that help to hold the ball and socket joint of the shoulder together.

How Does the Rotator Cuff Tear?

The rotator cuff muscle on the top of the shoulder area may become torn if it rubs repetitively over a bone spur on the shoulder blade.  In younger patients, it may become torn with a quick or sudden lift or force.  In older patients, it is more common for the rotator cuff to slowly tear over time.

As we get older, the rotator cuff may weaken and fray as bone spurs form in the shoulder.

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Shoulder Anatomy

The ball and socket joint meet under the shoulder blade. The shoulder moves with the help of the big outer muscle called the Deltoid. The smaller underlying muscles are call the rotator cuff muscles. The top rotator cuff muscle is the Supraspinatus.

If the rotator cuff muscle tears, the muscle pulls away for the tear and the muscle and tendon retract.

How is a Rotator Cuff Tear Fixed?

Orthopedic Surgeons can repair a rotator cuff tear with a minimally invasive procedure called shoulder arthroscopy. This allows the surgeon to insert a small fiber optic camera through a small puncture and perform a surgical repair with small incisions. A surgical instrument is also inserted to allow the surgeon to repair the tendon.  The surgeon is able to pull the torn parts of the torn tendon together and repair the tear. They also reattach the repaired tend to the bone on the Humerus. Bone spurs can also be removed to allow less pressure and more space for the repaired tendon to move.

Is Arthroscopic Surgery Safe?

Dr. Bruce Steinberg has successfully repaired thousands of shoulder issues with arthroscopy. This advanced procedure is an effective way to relieve shoulder pain from a rotator cuff tear. Arthroscopic surgery helps patients to recover faster with less risk of post operative issues.

Arthroscopic surgery is also used in the shoulder to treat:

  • Shoulder Instability
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Labral Tears
  • Biceps Tendon Tears
  • Exploratory Surgery

Is There Rehabilitation After Arthroscopic Surgery or Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery?

It is typical to need rehabilitation after Arthroscopic shoulder surgery and Rotator Cuff Repair surgery. Patients will see by either a physical therapist or an occupational therapist.

Patient wear a sling on the surgical arm for 6 to 10 weeks, depending on the Orthopedic surgeon’s orders.  The therapist will perform passive rang of motion exercises on the shoulder until they are ready for active and functional strengthening.

Click to watch a helpful video about how to Put on and Take off a Shoulder Sling after shoulder surgery.  To schedule for physical therapy, please call 904-858-7045. 

Dr. Bruce Steinberg of The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute – JOI

Dr. Bruce Steinberg is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon at the Jacksonville Orthopedic institute. He specializes in the upper extremity and diagnoses and treats all issues from the finger tips to the shoulder from skin to bone.

Finally, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Steinberg, call (904)JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below.

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