Rotator Cuff Tear Specialist

Capital City Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Austin, TX

Rotator cuff injuries bring almost 2 million people to the doctor’s office each year. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician Michael Burris, MD, offers cutting-edge treatments for rotator cuff tears at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. If you think you may have a torn rotator cuff, call or book an appointment online today.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that attach your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blade. A rotator cuff tear happens when one or more of these tendons becomes damaged.

Rotator cuff tears can happen suddenly as the result of acute trauma, such as a fall or football tackle. More often, these injuries are caused by degeneration that occurs slowly over time. The rotator cuff wears down from age and repetitive stress from shoulder motions.

There are two main types of rotator cuff tears: partial and complete. A partial tear involves damage to the tendon without completely tearing it. A complete tear essentially creates a hole in the tendon where it separates from the bone.

When do I need surgery for a rotator cuff tear?

Dr. Burris and the team at Capital City Orthopaedics always explore every nonsurgical treatment possible before recommending surgery. When it comes to rotator cuff tears, about 80% of patients experience relief from nonsurgical treatments.

However, if your shoulder pain persists despite conservative treatment, Dr. Burris may recommend surgery to repair your rotator cuff.

What does rotator cuff repair involve?

Dr. Burris is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and stays current on the leading techniques in rotator cuff repair. After a thorough physical exam and review of your medical history, Dr. Burris recommends the best type of rotator cuff surgery to correct your particular tear.

He’s highly skilled in various approaches, including arthroscopic and open surgeries. He also offers a mini-open approach, which is similar to full open surgery in regard to the strength of the repair while remaining minimally invasive.

What should I expect after rotator cuff repair surgery?

The goal of rotator cuff repair is to restore function to your shoulder and relieve pain. However, this improvement doesn’t happen right away.

After surgery, Dr. Burris works with you to develop a shoulder rehabilitation plan to facilitate recovery. Over the course of 3-4 months, you gradually increase your shoulder strength and range of motion.

To learn more about treating a rotator cuff tear, call Capital City Orthopaedics or book an