How to Treat a Rotator Cuff Tear?
Both surgical and non-surgical methods exist for healing a torn rotator cuff.
Conservative options include:
- Ceasing the activity causing the shoulder pain
- Over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Physical therapy and strengthening exercises
- Steroid or cortisone injection
When non-surgical treatments do not succeed in resolving the problem, surgery may be recommended as a last resort. Modern surgical innovations allow surgeons to repair most rotator cuff tears arthroscopically using minimally-invasive techniques. Patients are typically in surgery for under an hour and can return home the same day as the procedure.
The surgeon inserts a small camera into the shoulder joint. Using an arthroscope and other precision devices, the torn tendon is reattached to the bone using small incisions.
Full Recovery After Surgery
Surgery is considered the first phase on the path to full recovery. Physical therapy plays a critical role for the patient to recover their shoulder strength and range of motion and allow them to return to work and daily activities. A full recovery usually takes between three to six months after surgery.
“Right now I’m in a reconditioning program, which sets you up to return to work, and that is working great,” says Carlos. “Everything they put me through here I do out there in the workforce. They will push you to your limit which is great because that’s when you know what your ability is.”
The Ability Rehabilitation ERTW program is designed to help worker’s compensation patients return to their physically demanding jobs with decreased risk of re-injury. Each program takes between 2-4 hours per day and is custom tailored to fit the demands of each profession such as:
- Law Enforcement
- Construction Personnel
- Airline Personnel
ERTW provides a complete nexus for prevention, treatment, and recovery for the industrial athlete at all stages of their employment including:
- Preventative Services
- New Hires
- Aging Workforce
- Job Transfers
- Modified or Transitional Duties
- Return to Work
- Progress Checks
After his successful rehabilitation journey and regaining his quality of life, Carlos wouldn’t trust his body and wellbeing to anyone but Ability Rehabilitation. “Three years later, I wouldn’t go anywhere else,” he says. “I trust them. They put me back on track, they’re very knowledgeable, and they know their stuff.”