Rotator Cuff Repair Specialist

Aventura Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Brad Cohen, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in North Miami, FL & Miami Beach, FL

You finally hit the ball out of the park — but you threw out your shoulder, too. When you damage your rotator cuff, Dr. Brad K. Cohen can diagnose and treat your injury at Aventura Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in North Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. If you have a stiff or painful shoulder and you’re in the Miami area, contact Dr. Cohen for rotator-cuff repair by phone or use the online form.

Rotator Cuff Repair Q & A

What’s a rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in your shoulder joint that provides dynamic stability to your upper arm bone (humerus). The rotator cuff allows you to raise or twist your arm with ease.

The shallowness of the shoulder socket gives you a wide range of motion but also puts stress on the tissues in your rotator cuff.

How did I get a rotator-cuff disorder?

The normal wear-and-tear of aging combined with repetitive movements can damage your rotator cuff. Playing sports or performing tasks that require extending your arm above your head, such as swinging a tennis racket or washing windows, can damage your rotator cuff too.

The tendons in your rotator cuff are strong and fibrous, but when weakened by age or repetitive use, they can tear if you do the following:

  • Move suddenly
  • Lift a heavy object
  • Fall
  • Have a high-impact accident
  • Suffer trauma

Athletes and weekend warriors are especially susceptible to tearing rotator-cuff tendons. Other conditions that cause shoulder pain include:

  • Tendinitis (inflamed tendons)  
  • Calcific tendinitis (calcium builds up in tendons)
  • Impinged tendons (squeezed against a bone)
  • Bursitis (inflammation of tissue between tendons and bones)  

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or disorder?

The primary symptom of a rotator cuff injury or disorder is pain or weakness in your shoulder that gets worse when you raise your arms. Feeling pain in your shoulders at night may be an indicator that your rotator requires arthroscopic surgery.

Some rotator cuff tears are asymptomatic. When untreated, the majority of these cases become symptomatic within three years, and half- or full-thickness tears with symptoms worsen over two years.

How do orthopedists repair rotator-cuff disorders and injuries?

Depending on the type and severity of your rotator-cuff injury or disorder, Dr. Cohen may recommend conservative treatments, such as:

  • Resting the shoulder while using the arm carefully
  • Ice or heat to alleviate inflammation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control pain and swelling
  • Physical therapy to increase strength and flexibility

If you don’t respond to conservative measures, Dr. Cohen may recommend steroids. He only recommends surgery if your tendons are strong and healthy.

If you’ve injured your shoulder, contact Dr. Cohen for an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment by calling his office or using the online form.