How are rotator cuff injuries treated?
Inflammation, tendonitis, bursitis and small rotator cuff tears in the shoulder can often be treated non-surgically. Dr. Vidal may prescribe the following:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to help with pain and inflammation
- A corticosteroid injection
- Physical therapy
Surgical treatment may be necessary if non-surgical treatments have failed to alleviate symptoms, or if there is a large rotator cuff tear. Often, Dr. Vidal will use a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. This specialized surgery uses a small camera called an arthroscope and small, specialized surgical instruments to repair the damage within the shoulder joint.