Rotator Cuff

Trade Injuries | Dr James McLean | Orthopaedic Surgeon | ASULC | Adelaide
  • Pain and swelling at the front of the shoulder or side of the arm
  • Pain when raising or lowering the arm
  • Stiffness
  • Clicking sounds when moving the arm
  • Difficulty sleeping on the injured shoulder
  • Pain when reaching behind your back
  • Shoulder pain
  • Swelling
  • The affected area feels warm
  • Increased pain at night
  • Pain increased by movement
  • Stiffness
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Rest and ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ultrasound or infrared treatments to help improve blood flow in the affected area
  • Gentle stretching and strength-building exercises
  • Cortisone injection if the shoulder does not improve
  • Surgery after 6-12 months

Dr McLean makes a surgical incision, opens the shoulder, moves the deltoid out of the way, and repairs the tear. This method is used for larger or more complex tears.

This method combines the previous two techniques. Damaged tissue or bone spurs are repaired or removed using arthroscopy (key-holes), and then mini-open surgery is used to repair the rotator cuff. Wherever possible, Dr McLean uses minimally-invasive techniques for faster recovery and minimal pain.

0 - 1 Days
2 - 8 Weeks
Arm in Sling
6 - 12 Weeks
Limited motion and restricted activity
3+ months
Return to regular activity when advised by your surgeon