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Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment Questions and Answers

Have a rotator cuff tear or related injury? We can help you here at The Orthopedic Group. We serve the areas of Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Woodburn VA, Watson VA, Sterling VA, Oak Hill VA, Dulles VA, Broadlands VA, Brambleton VA, and Arcola VA. Call us for more information or keep reading for our Q&A on rotator cuff tear treatment!

Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment Questions and Answers
Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment Questions and Answers

What causes a rotator cuff tear or injury?

An injury or tear of the rotator cuff could be due to an injury to the shoulder or even progressive wear and tear of the tendon tissue. Some activities like heavy lifting can damage or irritate the tendon, or repeated activities can contribute to or complicate an injury. Also, there are some factors that affect how likely it is for someone to get a rotator cuff tear or related injury, like older age, family history, or working in the construction sector. It’s important to fix a rotator cuff injury soon. Only a professional can do so.

What happens if you don’t fix a torn rotator cuff?

You definitely should see a doctor about a rotator cuff injury/tear, especially if you had immediate weakness in your arm after an injury. The sooner you seek care, the better. We can help you here at The Orthopedic Group!

It’s important to see a doctor or specialist right away because if a rotator cuff injury isn’t treated soon, it can lead to permanent loss of motion or weakness and might even lead to the progressive degeneration of the shoulder joint. Also, if you try to keep your shoulder immobilized for too long, it can cause frozen shoulders. With proper, professional treatment, though, such issues can be avoided and your injury can heal effectively. Typically, it will take a number of weeks or months to heal, but it will almost certainly heal.

What is the best treatment for a rotator cuff injury?

In some cases of a rotator cuff injury, all that’s necessary is rest, icing, and physical therapy. In some other cases, the best treatment option may be a surgical one like a shoulder replacement. However, there’s a very good chance a conservative treatment will work just fine for you. Physical therapy, for example, can help restore flexibility and strength to the shoulder, and help it heal. Often, physical therapy is necessary for a tear or related injury. Steroid injections or certain prescription medications can provide pain relief. In some cases, regenerative medicine may work for a patient.

At The Orthopedic Group, we want to help you avoid surgery, so we offer noninvasive or minimally invasive treatment. We can provide surgery when it’s necessary. To learn more about treatment or if you have any other questions for us about rotator cuff injuries, feel free to contact us!

Do you provide rotator cuff tear treatment near me?

The Orthopedic Group provides rotator cuff tear/injury treatment and has multiple locations in Leesburg, Lansdowne, and Stonesprings. Please see our Locations page for the clinic location near where you live, as well as its address and contact information, then call us at that location if you believe you may need our services. You can book a consultation with us from that page, and we’d be happy to see you!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have or think you have a rotator cuff injury. There’s a lot a trained orthopedist like one of ours can do for you. We look forward to seeing you soon here at The Orthopedic Group!