Patients in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, & Estero, FL

The rotator cuff, sometimes mistakenly called the “rotor cup,” is a group of 4 muscles in the shoulder which assists in smooth, controlled movement of the arms. The muscle group allows you to lift your arm up and freely rotate your shoulders.

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Description

The tendon, attaching the rotor muscles to the bone, can tear. The rotator cuff, normally allowing free movement, can become an area of pain.  Rotator cuff injuries are the most common source of shoulder pain for patients over the age of 40. An Injury can be identified by a Naples surgeon or general physician.

Symptoms

A rotator cuff injury can cause pain during overhead reaching. Leaning on the arm can also be painful when you are trying to sleep. Often the pain is in the shoulder or runs down the side of the arm. Patients experiencing these symptoms can visit their Naples surgeon or  area physician if symptoms persist.

Treatment

If non surgical treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medicines are not effective,  patients may elect arthroscopic surgery. An arthroscopic rotator cuff procedure, performed in the Naples, Bonita Springs, or Estero areas, provides a more permanent solution to shoulder pain and discomfort. If untreated, tears in those muscles may worsen in time. Dr. Goldberg is one of the most experienced shoulder surgeons in the Naples area.

During an arthroscopic rotator cuff procedure, a small fiber-optic device is used to view the muscles. This small camera is inserted in a tiny incision near the injury site. The tendon is re-stitched together and reattached to the upper arm bone.

Recovery

The recovery of a rotator surgery will depend on the size and location of the tear and the patients overall health and age. No matter what technique Dr. Goldberg uses, however, you can expect to participate in physical therapy after your procedure. Your arm muscles, weakened by the tear, will need to re-strengthen to restore previously lost movement. Dr. Goldberg allows patients to choose their a therapist close to their home; this method makes recovery more feasible. Patients near Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero can choose a therapist at their convenience.