Consistent throwing, aging, falls, and even genetics can put you at an increased risk for rotator cuff tears. Because of the complex nature of the shoulder, it is important to ensure your doctor has a high level of experience with shoulder injuries. Dr. Michael J Bercik and our team specialize in conditions of the shoulder and provide our patients with state-of-the-art treatment for rotator cuff repairs. Lancaster residents should visit our Lancaster location to start their treatment today.

Rotator Cuff Repair Lancaster, PAAfter he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University, Dr. Bercik completed medical school in New Jersey and his residency in Pennsylvania, winning the Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for achieving the highest score in his residency program. He then went on to complete two international fellowships where he specialized in shoulder and elbow surgeries. He studied under Dr. Gilles Walch, one of the most influential shoulder surgeons in the world.

Dr. Bercik has been awarded the Mark D. Chilton award for outstanding patient care, and our team upholds this high standard of care for every patient. We listen to our patients and make sure they understand what to expect during each stage of the process.

What is the Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff refers to the group of muscles and tendons that hold the head of your upper arm bone (humerus) in place in the shoulder socket. When you injure this area, it generally presents as a dull ache that may turn into sharp pain with movements.

How are Rotator Cuff Injuries Caused?

Severe injuries, aging, and degeneration from respective overhead movements or heavy lifting are the most common causes of rotator cuff damage. Occupations that rely on heavy lifting, such as construction work, and sports that require repetitive overhead movements, such as baseball, put people at high risk for this type of injury.

If damage to the rotator cuff is severe, sometimes surgery is the best option. It is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible after an injury to minimize complications and reduce recovery times. If needed, advanced techniques such as tendon replacement or joint replacement are possible.

In most cases, physical therapy is enough to target rotator cuff damage and reduce pain. Physical therapy generally splits focus between shoulder strength, flexibility, and stability training.

Rotator Cuff Injury Symptoms

The most common symptoms for rotator cuff injuries include:

  • A “deep” ache in the shoulder
  • Difficulty moving the arm
  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Sharp pain when moving the arm away from the body

However, symptoms for different individuals vary. If you believe you may have a rotator cuff injury, our team can provide a comprehensive assessment and minimize the risk of further damage.

Who are at the Most Risk for Rotator Cuff Injuries?

Adults over the age of 60, women, painters, carpenters, baseball players, softball players, and anyone who consistently lifts heavy weights overhead are at an increased risk for rotator cuff injuries.

Ready to Get Started?

Lancaster residents should reach out to our Lancaster Shoulder team to get started today on rotator cuff repair. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bercik, please click the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or call (866) 564-1000.