Rotator Cuff Specialist

Allen Deutsch, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

About two million people seek medical treatment for rotator cuff injuries every year. Houston-based orthopedic surgeon Allen Deutsch, M.D., specializes in rotator cuff repair at his practice in Bellaire, Texas. If you or a loved one has suffered a rotator cuff tear or injury, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Rotator Cuff Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

Sometimes mistakenly called the rotator cup, the rotator cuff is where four muscles come together as tendons to attach your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade. When you lift and rotate your arm, the rotator cuff is at work.

A rotator cuff tear happens when one or more of the rotator cuff tendons is torn and separates from your upper arm bone. There are two main types of rotator cuff tears:

Partial tear

A partial rotator cuff tear happens when the fibers of the tendon are damaged and frayed, but not completely severed.

Complete tear

Also called a full-thickness tear, this type involves full separation of the tendon from the bone. A complete rotator cuff tear essentially creates a hole in the tendon.

How do I know if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Rotator cuff injuries can occur suddenly or develop over time. Acute, or sudden, rotator cuff tears usually result from an accident or fall. Rotator cuff tears that develop slowly are often due to overuse, such as in sports that require overhead arm motions.

Common symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:

  • Shoulder pain that may be worse at night and when lying on the affected shoulder
  • Pain when lifting your arm or performing other arm movements
  • Crackling sound or sensation when moving your shoulder
  • Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm

However, other injuries can also cause shoulder pain, such as cervical radiculopathy which could be caused by several conditions, examples being, cervical arthritis, or a herniated disc. The only way to know for sure if you have a rotator cuff injury is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deutsch.

How do you diagnose and treat a rotator cuff tear?

With over 20 years of orthopedic surgery experience, Dr. Deutsch has extensive expertise in rotator cuff repair. To diagnose a rotator cuff tear, he carefully evaluates your shoulder and reviews your symptoms and medical history. He may also take an in-office dynamic ultrasound to view the inner structures of your rotator cuff.

Then Dr. Deutsch recommends the best possible treatment for your specific rotator cuff injury. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment for a torn rotator cuff may begin with nonsurgical, orthobiologic treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

Severe rotator cuff injuries may require surgery. In addition to open surgery, Dr. Deutsch specializes in minimally invasive procedures, such as all-arthroscopic and mini-open rotator cuff repair surgery.

Minimally invasive rotator cuff repair procedures use specialized instruments that only require a very small incision. This leads to fewer complications such as minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissues and faster recovery time.

For the most innovative treatment in rotator cuff repair, call the office of Dr. Allen Deutsch or schedule an appointment online today.