If a throwing injury or traumatic accident has left you in need of shoulder rotator cuff repair, turn to Stephen Raterman, MD at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Dr. Raterman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and innovator in the field of joint resurfacing who provides each of his patients with well-rounded, personalized care. Give our team a call if you’re ready to find a meaningful solution to your shoulder pain and return to the activities you enjoy.

What’s commonly known as the rotator cuff is actually a group of several tendons and muscles that encapsulate the shoulder joint and help secure the humerus bone into the shoulder socket. Anyone at any age can strain or tear a rotator cuff, but people who perform overhead movements on a regular basis ­– such as baseball pitchers, building contractors, or painters – are at an increased risk of injury.

Treatment for a damaged rotator cuff usually involves one or more of the following methods:

  • Self-care measures like rest, over-the-counter pain medications, and heat/ice therapy
  • Shoulder steroid injections for powerful short-term pain relief
  • Physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the muscles that support the shoulder joint
  • Surgery to repair the tendon and/or remove bone spurs

Dr. Raterman practices the latest breakthroughs in arthroscopic medicine for patients who require surgical rotator cuff repair. In a shoulder arthroscopy, a small tool known as an arthroscope is used in conjunction with small instruments to address the injury without making large incisions or disturbing healthy tissues. Dr. Raterman also performs traditional open rotator cuff repair and reverse shoulder replacement to help patients with more extensive tears maximize their mobility and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

Your best course of shoulder rotator cuff repair will depend on several key factors, such as your lifestyle, age, overall health, the extent of your injury and more. Dr. Raterman will be happy to evaluate your condition, address any concerns you may have, and design a personalized treatment plan to help you get back to the activities you enjoy as quickly and safely as possible. Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule your appointment.

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