ROTATOR CUFF TEARS

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ABOUT ROTATOR CUFF INJURIES

The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons which stabilize the shoulder and allow you to move your arm away from your body. When these rotator cuffs are involved in trauma, sports injury, or repetitive overuse, they may result in a rotator cuff tear. 

SYMPTOMS OF A ROTATOR CUFF TEAR

The most common symptom of a rotator cuff tear is pain. Pain from a rotator cuff injury often spans the areas around the front and outer part of the shoulder and often increases in intensity when moved into certain positions.

Other common symptoms of rotator cuff tears include:

  • A popping sound or tearing sensation within the shoulder
  • Dull aching pain deep in the shoulder
  • Pain at night that makes sleeping on the affected side difficult or even impossible
  • Muscle weakness, especially when lifting the arm

DIAGNOSING AND TREATING ROTATOR CUFF TEARS

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ROTATOR CUFF TEAR DIAGNOSIS

As a fellowship-trained knee, shoulder and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Goradia is very familiar with these injuries and can detect a rotator cuff tear via a series of examinations and tests. When you visit the office, Dr. Goradia will discuss your symptoms and the circumstances around the time when they first appeared.

During the appointment, you will also be asked to move your arm in several directions or to hold it in various positions to determine any areas of pain, discomfort or weakness in the shoulder. X-rays may also be utilized to see problems within the bones themselves, though other tests may be needed to confirm a rotator cuff tear.

MRIs are also occasionally used in the diagnosis of a rotator cuff tear. Not all shoulder pain requires an MRI, but they may be ordered if needed. In some cases, Dr. Goradia may conduct an arthrogram with an MRI, known as an MR arthrogram. This test requires a radiologist to inject dye into the shoulder prior to the MRI to improve visibility, and may be needed if a labral tear is suspected.

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TYPES OF ROTATOR CUFF TEARS

There are three different types of rotator cuff tears, and treatment options will depend on the level of tear determined by the orthopedic surgeon. Each level of tear indicates the severity of the injury and will indicate the proper treatment plan to restore the rotator cuff to its normal function.

The three levels are as follows:

  • Partial tears that do not completely sever the tendon but may worsen over time and progress to full-thickness tears
  • Full-thickness tears which tear the tendon into two separate pieces, requiring a full arthroscopic surgery to repair
  • Massive tears even more damaging than a full-thickness tear, sometimes deemed unrepairable by other surgeons
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ROTATOR CUFF INJURY TREATMENT OPTIONS

If you have been told elsewhere that your tear cannot be repaired or can’t be done via arthroscopy, consult Dr. Goradia for a second opinion. Dr. Goradia is often able to repair massive rotator cuff tears for patients who have been told their tear is not fixable thanks to his new surgical techniques for the repair and restoration of massive rotator cuff tears that have poor tissue quality or are severely retracted and scarred.

With Dr. Goradia’s technique, donor tissue reinforces the rotator cuff repair. While use of these tissues has existed for many years with open surgery, Dr. Goradia’s technique allows him to place this tissue into the shoulder arthroscopically, meaning a less invasive procedure for the patient with the same great results.

Superior capsular reconstructions (SCR) are another type of arthroscopic procedure that utilizes donor tissue. When there is a massive tear associated with bone-on-bone arthritis, this reconstruction can be used instead of a shoulder replacement.

ARTHROSCOPIC TREATMENT TECHNIQUE

REAL PATIENT RESULTS IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

SUCCESS STORIES FROM DR. GORADIA’S PATIENTS

“I tore my rotator cuff and was being treated by another physician. I was not happy. I heard about Dr. Goradia and researched him on the internet. I was able to get right in for an appointment. He explained everything during my first appointment. After arthroscopic surgery to repair my rotator cuff I was on the road to recovery. Now I can enjoy boating and riding my motorcycle. I would highly recommend Dr. Goradia.”

positive patient review g2 richmond success recoveryRichard C.

“My business depends on my physical health. I could not raise my right arm or keep up with the physical demands of my landscaping business. After Dr. Goradia repaired my torn rotator cuff arthroscopically, I am back trimming branches and growing my business.”

patient story review testimonial g2 richmondDee S.

“Everyone had written me off when I tore my rotator cuff, even my sponsors, I have just two words for them, I’m back! Thank you, Dr. Goradia.”

In 2005 award-winning Professional Outdoorsman and Hunting Guide, Chris Hargrave believed he would never again be able to enjoy the sport he had participated in his entire life—hunting. Years of repetitive wear and tear to the shoulder working as a mechanic at Hercules Inc. resulted in severe shoulder pain and weakness. Chris was referred to Dr. Vic Goradia by his family physician. Dr. Goradia diagnosed his large rotator cuff tearand repaired it arthroscopically. Other professional outdoorsman told Chris they had never seen anyone return to the profession after similar surgery.

In 2007, Chris went on to win his second state championship “The 2007 Virginia Peninsula Sportsman’s Grand Slam Award.”

patient testimonial story recovery success g2 richmondChris H.
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HOW G2 ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE CAN HELP

If you think you or someone you know may require treatment for a rotator cuff tear, contact G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. Whether you’re a recreational athlete, injured worker or simply looking for a second opinion about your orthopedic surgery needs, Dr. Goradia is passionate about providing each patient with the quality of care given to professional athletes. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-678-9000 to get started.

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