Few of us think about our joints until one starts to hurt when we try to use it in the way nature intended. We hope against hope that time will be the great healer, and only when that fails to happen do we consult an expert who knows better. My general approach when a new ache or pain develops is to wait two weeks to see if it will go away on its own. Which accounts for the fact that now, with summer heat mounting, I find myself still nursing arm and shoulder pain that in mid-January began to impede my ability to swim. At the time, I was preoccupied with work and preparing for a trip to Africa, so I put off seeing my doctor for when I returned in late February, at which point a notorious virus closed off the opportunity to do that safely.
Subacromial Smoothing and Acromioplasty for Rotator Cuff Disorders
Different Types of Rotator Cuff Surgery
Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body. Certain activities like tennis and swimming can be rough on this joint. When you have shoulder pain, you may wonder if your shoulder issue is a rotator cuff tear or a frozen shoulder. Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint because the upper portion of your humerus fits into part of your shoulder blade. You have a rotator cuff, which has four muscles along with four tendons that help you rotate your shoulder.
Rotator cuff tears have been reported to be uncommon following total shoulder arthroplasty TSA. Postoperative rotator cuff tears can lead to pain, proximal humeral migration, and glenoid component loosening. The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the incidence of post-TSA rotator cuff tears or dysfunction in osteoarthritic patients.
Rotator cuff RC tendinitis is an injury that often occurs due to repetitive shoulder use specifically overhead in athletes and nonathletes of all ages. Although RC tendinitis is most often the result of repetitive overuse, it can also present as acute following a traumatic injury or in response to poor overhead biomechanics. The RC is made up of a group of four muscles supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint, as well as allowing it to move. When this muscle group is repetitively overstrained, degeneration of the cuff musculature occurs in response to subacromial impingement, insufficient blood supply, and tensile overload. It is this degeneration that results in RC tendinitis, as well as tears in the rotator cuff if not given required attention upon the onset of symptoms.