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Modern Medicine: Rotator Cuff Injuries

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Panama City, Fla. -

Rotator cuff injuries are not uncommon.  This is an injury to the muscles that help the shoulder move.  Persistent pain, weakness, or the inability to move your arm could signal a serious problem with the rotator cuff.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Adams says when anti-inflammatory medicines, injections and physical therapy don't get rid of the pain, surgery is the next step.  Doctors can now perform those surgeries with small incisions using high-definition video cameras.

"Now the trend is for us to do less harm, less invasiveness, outpatient type surgery.  Get the patient healed, recovered quicker and get them back to their activity," explains Dr. Adams. 

Dr. Adams says high-definition video helps him see into the shoulder and distinguish between the different types of tissue, which leads to a better surgical outcome.

"It's like the advent from high-definition television to standard-definition television.  It looked good at the time, but when you compare it to a high-definition signal, you can see the fineness you were missing before," Dr. Adams points out.

Dr. Adams says a partial rotator cuff tear may be repaired through non-operative treatments, but a full thickness tear would require surgery.  It's best to check with your doctor if you experience any type of pain that concerns you.