Shoulder injuries can impact your quality of life in a number of ways. Some shoulder injuries can be traced directly to work or sports activities, while others just seem to occur. Although some strains and less severe problems will eventually heal on their own, other more serious injuries will require advanced treatment. Rotator cuff tears, for example, are very common and treatable. Surgical intervention may be required to maximize your outcome. Dr. David P. Rudman is a highly respected surgeon who can diagnose and treat a rotator cuff injury at our Bergen County practice, serving patients throughout New Jersey and New York.
We understand how difficult, frustrating, and painful a shoulder injury can be. Dr. Rudman is committed to your well-being, and will always make sure to give you the attention and care that he would provide for a member of his own family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
How Will a Rotator Cuff Injury Affect Me?
The shoulder joint is especially vulnerable to injury because it has a wide range of motion and unique anatomy. The glenoid (socket) is shallow like a plate and the humerus (ball) is round, which gives the shoulder the most motion of any joint in the body. Unfortunately, it's not very stable. To increase stability there is a gasket around the glenoid, called a labrum, and coming off the top of the labrum is the bicep tendon. There are also four muscles that make up the rotator cuff. These muscles help maintain the ball in the socket during shoulder range of motion. They are commonly injured from trauma and overuse.
If you have sustained injury to your Rotator Cuff, you will likely experience a limited ability to lift your arm or reach overhead, or you may have serious muscle weakness. Initially, you may experience a dull ache that worsens over time. Some patients may just complain of night pain. Injuries to the rotator cuff can range from minor - which can usually be treated with an individualized physical therapy program to gradually improve flexibility and strength - to severe. Complete tears of the muscle or tendon, for example, will not heal on their own and may require surgical repair.
Although the risk of rotator cuff injury increases with age, people who regularly perform overhead motions in their jobs or in sports are also at increased risk.
Experience You Can Trust
During a thorough examination, Dr. Rudman can determine the extent and type of your injury, and discuss the treatment options he recommends to address your condition. If conservative treatment methods fail and you require surgery, we will work quickly to restore your function and help you find relief.
Dr. Rudman is an acknowledged expert in the arthroscopic repair of torn rotator cuffs, a minimally invasive technique that allows for reduced down time and expedited healing. He has a vast amount of experience and a proven history of surgical excellence, and will work closely with you to find a treatment plan that works best.
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If you have a rotator cuff injury or other shoulder condition or disorder, Dr. Rudman can give you the personalized, exceptional care you deserve. Our warm and caring staff will welcome you and help you through the entire treatment process. Contact us to find out why other surgeons trust Dr. Rudman with their family members' care, and begin your journey to recovery today.