Rotator Cuff Tear Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

Your shoulder is one of the most used joints in your body, and any injury to it can be disabling, not to mention painful. Torn rotator cuffs are the most common shoulder disorder and affect over 22% of American adults every year. At Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, the expert team of orthopaedists offers diagnostics, treatments, and physical therapy to help your shoulder recover from an injury or chronic pain. If you suffer an injury to your rotator cuff, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q&A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

Your shoulder has a wide range of movement because of the ball and socket joint that holds it in place. The network of muscles and tendons that hold the joint in place are known as a rotator cuff, and when these are injured or stressed from overuse, you experience a rotator cuff tear.


What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?

Pain is the only symptom of a rotator cuff tear. The level of pain can vary — severe injuries can be quite painful while a mild injury can result in a dull ache that gets worse when you lie on your side. Your arm may feel weaker and performing regular movements is more difficult than usual.


What causes a rotator cuff tear?

Most rotator cuff tears happen from overuse and are common in athletes and people who work physically demanding jobs. 

If you perform the same movement repeatedly, during work or recreation, you are at greater risk of developing a rotator cuff injury. Older patients and those with a family history of shoulder pain are also more likely to tear their rotator cuff.


What is the treatment for rotator cuff tears?

Your orthopaedist at Tri-State Specialists performs a physical exam by pressing on various points of your shoulder and moving it in different directions. Some patients may need additional imaging tests to assess whether the tear is due to an underlying issue like arthritis. 

The practice offers MRI scans and digital X-rays on-site so specialists can offer same-day diagnoses and start your treatment right away.

If your rotator cuff tear is severe, or if an injury fails to heal correctly and you have chronic pain, your provider at Tri-State Specialists may recommend platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injection therapy to help its recovery. 

PRP therapy uses the natural healing properties of platelets in your blood to reduce your pain and improve shoulder function. 

The practice also uses ultrasound technology to pinpoint the exact problem area and target the injection to deliver medicine directly to the injured area. 

For some serious cases, the team at Tri-State Specialists can also perform arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and treat your torn rotator cuff.

The practice also provides physical therapy at an on-site, state-of-the-art gym where a licensed physical therapist helps you regain shoulder strength and mobility through a series of guided exercises. 

Physical therapy ensures your injury heals correctly and completely and doesn't allow your shoulder to become a source of chronic pain.

To learn more about the various diagnostic tests and treatments for torn rotator cuffs, call Tri-State Specialists or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.