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An Overview of Rotator Cuff Injuries and Repair

Chiropractor Performing an Ultrasound on a Senior Patientâ??s Shoulder

The rotator cuff is composed of a group of tendons and muscles which connect the shoulder blade to the upper arm. This joint provides the arm with a wide range of motion, and injuring your rotator cuff can severely impact the mobility of your arm. If you believe you have a rotator cuff injury, schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon.

  • Causes of Injury

Your rotator cuff can be injured as the result of a single traumatic event, such as falling onto your shoulder or overextending its muscles. You can also injure your rotator cuff through repetitive arm movements. Repeatedly raising your arm over your head, such as when painting a wall or throwing a baseball, is particularly damaging to the rotator cuff. Poor posture can also lead to rotator cuff injuries. Slouching reduces the amount of space available for the muscles and tendons of your shoulder, pinching them between bones.

  • Symptoms

If you injure your rotator cuff, then one symptom you may experience is shoulder pain when reaching upward or backward and when lifting or pulling objects. Your shoulder may also feel weaker and stiffer with a limited range of motion. Muscle spasms in your arm or shoulder may also indicate a rotator cuff injury. If you are suffering from these symptoms, visit your orthopaedic specialist.

  • Treatments

The most common treatment for rotator cuff injuries is physical therapy. Physical therapy may take a few weeks or several months to be effective, depending on the severity of your injury. Physical therapy alone may not be enough to repair some injuries, but other treatments are available. Surgery may be required if you tore your rotator cuff or if you developed a bone spur within the joint. For severe cases, partial or total shoulder replacements may be performed. Corticosteroid injections may also be used to reduce pain and swelling in the shoulder.

Rotator cuff injuries can severely limit your comfort and range of motion. At MK Orthopaedics, we specialize in rehabilitation and repair after injuries. If you are concerned about pain in your shoulder and would like to schedule a consultation, call us today at (815) 741-6900.


Joint pain can be caused by of a loss of cartilage, inflammation of the bone lining, or bone spurs within a joint. These conditions are often the result of osteoarthritis.

This brief video discusses symptoms commonly caused by osteoarthritis. This clip also offers helpful suggestions for pain management. Viewers will hear from an osteoarthritis sufferer who underlines the importance of understanding osteoarthritis for effective pain management.

If you are currently suffering from joint pain and would like more information about managing osteoarthritis, MK Orthopaedics has the expertise to help. Our orthopaedic doctors specialize in compassionate care and rehabilitation. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (815) 741-6900.

What to Expect When Getting an Arthroscopy

Exam Room: Checking Wrist Injury

If you are experiencing severe joint pain and the cause cannot be identified, then your orthopaedic doctor may schedule an arthroscopic procedure. This procedure allows your doctor to look at the inside of your joint so the pain can be diagnosed and treated accurately.

  • Before Your Arthroscopy
    An arthroscopy is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, so an overnight stay is not required. Your doctor will ask questions about your medical history, including whether you have a history of arthritis or have recently received an X-ray of your joint using contrast material. Injected radiocontrast agents can cause inflammation and may make the procedure more difficult. Depending on the type of anesthetic that will be used during your arthroscopy, you may have to make arrangements to be driven home after the procedure.
  • During the Procedure
    During an arthroscopy, the joint alone may be numbed using a local anesthetic, the entire limb may be numbed with a regional anesthetic, or you may be given a general anesthetic and be unconscious during the procedure. A small incision is then made near the joint through which the arthroscope is inserted. Your orthopaedic doctor will view the inside of your joint on a video monitor; both videos and photographs may be recorded. When your doctor has finished viewing your joint, the arthroscope is removed and the incision is closed with stitches.
  • After Your Arthroscopy
    During recovery, you may need to rest your joint for several days. Depending on the joint affected, crutches or a sling may be necessary for support. Your doctor will recommend the right amount of rest and may also suggest using pain medicine or icing the joint during recovery. Based on your results, your surgeon may recommend surgery, physical therapy, or medicine to help treat your joint pain.

For more information about arthroscopy, call the orthopaedic surgeons of MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900. We are a full-service treatment and rehabilitation practice and our physicians have the experience to successfully treat your joint pain.

Learn More About How We Can Help!

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To learn about how orthopaedic surgeons help their patients and how they treat commonly sustained injuries, read through these helpful resources. You will learn about orthopaedic treatments for acute injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

  • Overuse injuries are common. Learn about repetitive strain disorder in this helpful article about overuse injuries.
  • To learn more about overuse injuries and how they are treated, read this in-depth article.
  • This article from the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons explores how the human body changes with age.
  • Learn about acute injury at this informative webpage. You will find out what type of injures are considered acute and how they are treated.
  • Find out what one orthopaedic doctor has to say about managing back pain at WebMD.

If you need an orthopaedic doctor or surgeon, then contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment.



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