Slipped on the ice and now your shoulder hurts? Dr. Michael Wright specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries. You may first develop pain in the front part of your shoulder, your pain may spread down the side of your arm, the pain increases if you lift your arm above your head, the pain may be waking you at night. The symptoms of a rotator cuff tear caused by slipping on the ice and falling on the outstretched arm may occur suddenly or gradually get worse. Your arm may immediately feel weak and you will have difficulty moving it. Surgery may be recommended for a rotator cuff tear, especially for people who rely on their arm strength for work or sports. There are several types of surgeries that can be performed for rotator cuff tears.
The type of surgery that you have depends on the size, shape, and location of your tear. Dr. Wright has fellowship training and expertise in arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff injury. An arthroscope is a very small surgical instrument, about the size of a pencil. It contains a lens and lighting system that allows a surgeon to view inside the joint. The arthroscope can be attached to a miniature camera which allows the surgeon to view the magnified images on a video screen. With this technology, Dr. Wright will only need to make small incisions and will not need to open up your joint fully. Unfortunately, the rotator cuff tear is a common injury but the surgical solutions are successful. Call for your appointment today!