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Rotator Cuff Tear

Sports Medicine & Non-Surgical Orthopedic Physicians located in Boulder and Centennial, CO

Rotator Cuff Tear services offered in Centennial and Boulder, CO

Rotator cuff tears can be painful and significantly limit arm movement. If you damage your rotator cuff, visit the Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics office in Boulder or Centennial, Colorado, for expert diagnosis and treatment. The practice’s highly skilled orthopedists use advanced, nonsurgical treatments to repair torn rotator cuffs. Call your nearest office today or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.

What is a rotator cuff tear?

The rotator cuff muscles and tendons surround your shoulder joint. They enable you to lift and rotate your arm in a wide arc, making the shoulder your most mobile joint.

You might tear the rotator cuff muscles and/or tendons if your shoulder goes beyond its limits, stretching the rotator cuff until the tissues separate. You could do this by playing a sport like tennis or baseball, in a fall, or doing anything that wrenches your shoulder joint.

Many rotator cuff tears occur when the shoulder dislocates. Dislocation happens when the ball-shaped humeral head at the top of your upper arm bone comes partially or completely out of its socket in your shoulder blade.

How do I know if I’ve torn my rotator cuff?

You’ll probably know you’ve torn your rotator cuff when it happens because you’ll experience pain and loss of function as the tissues tear — especially if you dislocate your shoulder at the same time.

Some rotator cuff injuries aren’t painful, but a tear typically causes a dull ache deep inside your shoulder, making it hard to sleep. Your arm will likely be weak, especially when lifting or making movements like reaching behind your back or brushing your hair.

Your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider performs a thorough assessment and orders diagnostic imaging, such as an ultrasound scan, to accurately assess the damage.

How is a rotator cuff tear treated?

Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics specializes in repairing rotator cuff tears using nonsurgical treatments. These promote cell growth and repair, producing new, healthy rotator cuff tissues. Options include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Dextrose prolotherapy
  • Microfragmented adipose tissue grafts (MFAT)
  • Bone marrow aspirate and bone marrow concentrate (BMA and BMC)
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)

ESWT treatments include extracorporeal pulse activation therapy (EPAT) and focused shockwave therapy (FSW). These are noninvasive treatments that direct pressure waves into the damaged tissues.

Your provider injects substances like PRP and MFAT directly into the damaged rotator cuff using ultrasound imaging to ensure accuracy. The effects aren’t noticeable immediately because it takes several weeks for the new cells to grow, but improvement continues over the following months.

Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today or book an appointment online to benefit from expert rotator cuff tear treatment.