Monday, February 9, 2015

Shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries with Dr. Bailie

This past Saturday Dr. Bailie joined Todd Ellenbecker and Host Carrie Bordinko, MD on Doctor Talk (KFNN Money Radio 1510 AM 99.3 FM, Saturday’s at 1:00pm). Dr. Bailie and Mr. Ellenbecker discussed shoulder pain, which is the third most common cause of musculoskeletal disorders and rotator cuff injuries.
The rotator cuff is the most commonly torn structure in the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears usually produce symptoms of weakness and pain especially on trying to lift the arm. When an acute injury results in a rotator cuff tear consideration should be given to a surgical repair within six weeks of the injury to avoid atrophy of the muscle and tendon.
Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common reasons patients enter an Orthopedic Surgeons office. There are many common misconceptions about rotator cuff tears and their management.
The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles which control how well your shoulder works.
Rotator cuff tears can occur because of an injury, trauma or simply because our tissue wore out.
Fast Facts:
• 4.5 million Patients seek medical care for shoulder pain annually in the U.S.
• 250,000 patients get rotator cuff surgery in the U.S. annually
• Those rotator cuff surgeries produce a societal savings of $3.44 billion per year; averaging $13,771 per patient younger than age 61
• The prevalence of rotator cuff tears increases with age



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