Care and Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Why Choose Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries at University of Colorado Hospital?
Our doctors are specially trained in sports medicine and participate in teaching and education.
UCH also offers sports medicine services specifically for active women; it is one of the few hospitals in the country to do so.
What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that hold the shoulder joint in place as it rotates.
Activities that require a great deal of shoulder rotation, such as swimming, put stress on the rotator cuff muscles. This can result in injury.
The injuries are generally of two types: muscle tears and joint inflammation.
Minor tears and inflammation can be treated with:
- Pain medication
- Exercises to rehabilitate the injury
If the tear is severe, you may require surgery to repair the injury.
Bone, Joint and Muscle Specialists
Family practitioner – A doctor who provides medical care to individuals and families.
Orthopedic surgeon – A doctor who treats injuries and diseases of the bones, joints and muscles.
Physiatrist – A doctor who diagnoses and rehabilitates physical injuries.
Nutritionist – A specialist in the treatment and prevention of disease through proper diet.
Physical therapist – A specialist who treats diseases through exercise, massage, water, light and heat.
Sports psychologist – A psychologist who specializes in the mental aspects of sports activities, exercise and other physical activities.
Other Bone, Joint and Muscle Staff
Athletic trainer – A provider who helps to prevent and treat injuries.
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Getting a Second Opinion
It is important to seek a second opinion if you are not comfortable with the recommended treatment for your rotator cuff injury.
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Additional Resources
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine