Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears & Injuries Lebanon, PA
Rotator Cuff Tears and Injuries can lead to significant pain and restriction of daily tasks. Lebanon, PA, residents who need a specialist in these ailments should look no further than Dr. Michael J Bercik and our highly experienced team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group Mt. Joy location.
Dr. Michael Bercik graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University before completing his medical degree at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Bercik decided to dedicate his practice to orthopedics and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Rothman Institute in Philadephia, PA. While at this institution, he was recognized for his commitment to outstanding patient care and was awarded the Mark D Chilton award for exceptional patient care. He was also the highest scorer in his residency program and received the annual Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for this achievement.
Dr. Bercik has pursued excellence within the orthopedic shoulder field through multiple domestic and international fellowships specializing in shoulder and elbow ailments. He has also published several peer-reviewed journal articles and is committed to keeping up with the latest evidence-based science to offer his patients the most advanced treatment methods available.
When Are Rotator Cuff Repairs Needed?
Many different factors can cause rotator cuff damage. Athletes, construction workers, and heavy lifters often accrue rotator cuff damage through repetitive movements that strain the rotator cuff. Aging and chronic disease can also lead to the weakening of surrounding structure and injury. Further, damage can result from minor damage building up over time, such as inflammation of the bursa and tendons in the shoulder. If you have pain, movement restrictions, or weakness in the area, you should consult a doctor about potential rotator cuff damage.
Once rotator cuff damage is identified, you will be given several advanced treatment options to reduce pain and promote healing. The first line of treatment is generally rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and therapeutic exercises. If this doesn’t work, your physician may recommend steroid injections or surgical intervention.
Arthroscopic surgery is often preferred if surgery is necessary due to the small incision sites and fast recovery times. A small video camera, light, and surgical tools will be inserted through the small incisions to perform the corrections and repairs for this procedure. Open surgery may be used if the damage is too extensive for arthroscopic surgery. In severe cases, tendon grafts or joint replacements may be necessary.
What Are the Risks of Rotator Cuff Repairs?
A complication of any surgical procedure, such as rotator cuff repairs, include:
- Blood loss
- Blood clots
- Scar tissue
During extensive surgery, there may also be damage to surrounding areas, such as blood vessels, resulting in bruising or swelling. In addition to this, there may still be pain or movement restrictions post-surgery. However, in most cases, the symptoms are greatly lessened following recovery.
Let’s Get Started Today!
At Lancaster Orthopedics, we look forward to helping patients relieve pain and restriction and return to activities they love. Dr. Michael J Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in rotator cuff repairs. For residents of Lebanon, PA, a complimentary consultation can be scheduled by contacting our office today.