SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: ROTATOR CUFF
NJ sports medicine surgeon Robert A. Kayal, MD is an expert in rotator cuff injuries and conditions. While rotator cuff issues are not just found in athletes, certain sports are a common cause of rotator cuff damage. Tennis, baseball and football players are especially prone to this type of injury. Offering arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, as well as a range of nonsurgical alternatives, the Kayal Orthopaedic Center team is committed to eliminating shoulder pain and returning athletes to action quickly and safely.
What Are Rotator Cuff Injuries?
The rotator cuff is composed of a group of tendons and muscles that move and stabilize the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries can be as minor as reversible tendinitis or as severe as major muscle tears. Damage may occur through an acute injury, or may be caused by common wear and tear. Acute tears occur when athletes fall with an outstretched arm, or when they are lifting something heavy with a fast, jerking motion. Degenerative injuries occur over time as the shoulder begins a structural breakdown. For athletes and recreational sports participants, degeneration commonly results from repetitive motion during baseball, tennis, and weightlifting—or from bone spurs rubbing repeatedly against the rotator cuff.
Common rotator cuff symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Nagging pain
- Limited range of motion
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Buildup of joint fluid
When Dr. Robert A. Kayal and his elite team of sports medicine surgeons see new rotator cuff patients, they diagnose injury severity by (1) conducting a physical examination, (2) identifying tenderness, and (3) assessing range of motion, weakness and deformity. X-rays, MRIs and other imaging may also be used to confirm rotator cuff conditions.
Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff treatment types depend upon the athlete’s age, activity level, overall health and type of injury. Nonsurgical treatments include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and steroid injections. If surgery is required, Kayal Orthopaedic Center sports medicine specialists may perform minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedures to reduce postoperative pain and limit scar tissue buildup.
Conveniently located in Ridgewood, NJ and Franklin Lakes, NJ, Kayal Orthopaedic Center treats patients from Hudson County, Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County. To learn more about rotator cuff injuries and treatment options, visit our patient education center or call our board-certified sports medicine practice to schedule an appointment.