Rotator Cuff that is. My right one has been bothering me since my accident last August. After three unsuccessful rounds of physical therapy I finally had an MRI, which showed a “full tear in the supraspinatus tendon,” the topmost of the four tendons that hold the shoulder in place and comprise the rotator cuff.
If a rotator cuff tendon becomes inflamed or is partially torn, it can cause pain and limit shoulder movement. If a tendon tears completely, the corresponding muscle can no longer affect movement of the arm. This type of injury usually causes severe limitations in shoulder movement as a result of pain and weakness.
I saw an orthopedic surgeon yesterday and I’m scheduled for repair surgery on the 18th. My right arm will be in a sling for several weeks and it will be several months before I regain full motion. At least I’ll still be able to type.
- The surgeon removes any scar tissue that has built up on the tendon.
- The surgeon carves a small trough at the top of the upper arm, then drills small holes through the bone.
- Finally, the surgeon sews the tendon to the bone, with the sutures going through the tiny holes in the upper arm. (Sometimes a surgeon will use permanent anchors to attach the tendon to bone.)
Other famous athletes have had this surgery and extended their careers. I’ll let you know how mine goes.