How do you treat a rotator cuff injury?
Dr. Brown treats rotator cuff injuries in all patient populations and specializes in performing rotator cuff repairs arthroscopically when necessary. With an initial evaluation including a thorough history and detailed physical exam, Dr. Brown will determine if imaging such as x-rays, or more advanced imagining such as MRIs are necessary for further diagnosis. Once a diagnosis of rotator cuff injury is made, non-operative measures are usually the next best step. Many conditions will become less painful with anti-inflammatory medications, rest, and a directed physical therapy program. The use of an injection of steroids may be utilized as well to help calm down inflammation. Often, Dr. Brown will utilize an ultrasound to perform his injections to ensure the precise placement of medication.
If the history, exam, and images reveal that the rotator cuff is torn, non-operative measures can still be utilized to treat this condition in certain circumstances. However, in many situations, surgery is the best option to fully restore function and to eliminate pain. Dr. Brown repairs rotator cuffs using minimally invasive techniques that require a small camera, small instruments, sutures, and anchors. The specific manner in which the tendons are repaired back to the bone is a customized decision that Dr. Brown determines based on the patient. Each case is unique and patients in the greater Nashville area trust Dr. Brown to be the best orthopedic surgeon for their torn rotator cuff.