Rotator Cuff - Flower Mound TX
Dr. Kevin J. Kulwicki is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon in Flower Mound TX, specializing in treating various shoulder and elbow conditions, and sports related injuries.  His areas of specialization include:

  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Fractures

What is Rotator Cuff Injury?

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint, and enabling it to move in various directions. According to the orthopedic doctor, Rotator Cuff injury occurs when these tendons are damaged by any cause, such as repetitive strain, or injury, resulting in shoulder pain.

Common Causes Of Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Repetitive Stress: The main cause for Rotator Cuff Injury is performing repeated shoulder motions. Sports activities like baseball, tennis, rowing, swimming, basketball and weightlifting can put you at risk of overuse injury.
  • Trauma: A fall on the shoulder or outstretched arm, or lifting too heavy objects can tear the Rotator Cuff tendons.
  • Abnormally Shaped Acromion: Some people are born with a congenital abnormal shape (hook-shaped) acromion, making them more prone to impingement of the Rotator Cuff tendons.
  • Shoulder instability: Recurrent dislocation of the shoulder can cause instability of the joint and ultimately lead to Rotator Cuff injury.
  • Impingement of the rotator cuff tendons: Impingement occurs when the Rotator Cuff and bursa get impinged during overhead motions, like swimming, surfing, baseball, water polo, volleyball etc.

Risk Factors of Rotator Cuff Injury:

  • Age. The older you get, the more you are at risk of suffering from Rotator Cuff injury. Rotator Cuff tears are most common in people more than 40 years of age.
  • Certain sports. Athletes who play sports like baseball (pitchers), archers and tennis are at a greater risk of having a Rotator Cuff injury.
  • Construction jobs. Occupations such as carpentry, house painting etc require repetitive arm and overhead motions that can damage the rotator cuff over time.

Diagnosis of Rotator Cuff Injury:

If you suspect that you might be suffering from Rotator Cuff syndrome, you must immediately schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. Early diagnosis of the condition can help in effective treatment by limiting any further damage to the Rotator Cuff.

  • The first step in the diagnosis of Rotator Cuff syndrome is an analysis of patient’s history of activities performed and various other symptoms.
  • Increased pain with certain movements of the shoulder is often indicative of Rotator Cuff syndrome.
  • Another sign of the disease is positive drop sign, which results to the falling of the arm when extended away from the body.
  • The diagnosis of the condition can be performed with diagnostic examinations including X-rays, an arthrogram, and an MRI.

Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Injury in Flower Mound TX

  • Conservative treatment methods - ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications are effective in treating mild cases of Rotator Cuff Injury.
  • If you have persistent pain and motion limitation, the orthopedic doctor may recommend cortisone injections.
  • Physical therapy can help restore flexibility and strength to your shoulder after a Rotator Cuff injury.
  • In more severe cases of Rotator Cuff syndrome, surgical options, followed by physical therapy and rehabilitation may be recommended.

To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctor- Dr. Kulwicki in Flower Mound TX, call at (972) 899 – 4679.