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Rotator Cuff Injury

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What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?

The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons connecting the upper arm to the shoulder blade.

Injuries to the rotator cuff are common and can include a tear, a strain from working over your head, a frozen shoulder, or tendons squeezed between two bones (shoulder impingement).

Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common and problematic shoulder injuries. While prescription physical therapy can often help, some injuries cannot be repaired without surgery.

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UR Medicine's Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injury

We use our advanced diagnostic procedures to understand the full extent of your injury. With this information, we can decide which treatment approach will have the best outcome for you. 

  • Conservative treatments: Rest, medication, and physical therapy are often the most effective ways to treat an injury.
  • Injection therapy: Some rotator cuff injuries respond well to medication applied directly at the point of injury. Our doctors use ultrasound to guide them to the exact right spot.
  • Surgical Treatments: Using a tiny camera slipped through a small incision, our surgeons can see inside your injured shoulder. They watch their progress on a video monitor while they repair torn tendons and ligaments. When a major injury requires it, our surgeons use the most advanced techniques to repair your rotator cuff injury.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our orthopaedic doctors have won numerous distinctions, including being named to the list of Best Doctors in America for Sports Medicine. They are active in University of Rochester Medical Center sports performance and injury prevention programs. Because they’re trusted experts, they serve as team physicians for the Rochester Red Wings, Rochester Amerks, Rochester Knighthawks, and several college sports teams.

We perform superior capsular reconstruction, one of the newest and most advanced techniques for severe rotator cuff injuries that were previously unrepairable.

And because we’re part of an academic medical center, our orthopaedic doctors also lead research and have published dozens of papers in national journals, furthering their expertise and influence as leaders in their field. So your care is informed by the latest advances and knowledge in the field.


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St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

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