The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and their tendons that help connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade. Repetitive movements, sudden injury and age are factors contributing to shoulder pain. Nonsurgical treatments for pain relief include; active rest, ice, heat, medications and injections. If pain does not improve with these treatments rotator cuff surgery may be suggested.
Arthroscopic surgery and open surgery are two different types of procedures that can be performed. Arthroscopic surgery is done with a thin instrument inserted through a small incision. Open surgery is performed by making a larger incision with a direct view of the muscles and tendons. Upon examination, the surgeon will decide which treatment option is best for the patient.