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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

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Barmakian, Joseph T., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Barry, Peter F., DO, FACOI Internal Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Beams, Michael E., DO, FACMQ Family Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Black, Eric M., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Boretz, Robert S., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Bullek, David D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Cappadona, Joseph, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Fischer, Evan S., MD Hand Surgery 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
103 Park Street, Montclair

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Garberina, Matthew J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights
Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Gold, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Niver, Genghis E., MD Hand Surgery 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Nordstrom, Thomas J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater

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Rao, Rajesh, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

Key Facts about Rotator Cuff Injuries

  • Click to enlarge Overuse and repetitive motions of the arm over your head such as swimming, baseball (mainly pitching), football, tennis, painting, plastering, or housework can cause your shoulder's rotator cuff to weaken. This condition is called rotator cuff tendonitis
  • You may also experience a rotator cuff tear as a result of heavy lifting, a fall, or other sudden injury to the shoulder.
  • Symptoms may include pain and weakness in the shoulder or arm with limited motion.

what are rotator cuff injuries?

A rotator cuff injury is irritation of or damage to the group of tendons and muscles that hold your shoulder joint together that occurs overtime. You use the tendons and muscles in your shoulder joint to move your shoulder and raise your arm over your head.

How are Rotator Cuff injuries Diagnosed and Treated?

A Summit Medical Group shoulder specialist will examine the clavicle, shoulder, tendons, and muscles to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the underlying damage and/or injury. Other diagnostic techniques include, arthrogram, an X-ray or MRI taken after a dye is injected into your joint to outline its shape, and arthroscopy, a type of surgery done with a small scope inserted into your joint so your provider can look directly at your joint.

Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

  • You will need to change or stop doing the activities that cause pain until your injury has healed. For example, avoid strenuous activity or any overhead motion that causes pain. Also, try to make sure that you are practicing good posture and are not slouching forward.
  • Your healthcare team may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to help you heal.
  • If you have a rotator cuff tear, you may need to have it repaired with surgery. After surgery, your treatment plan will include physical therapy to strengthen your shoulder as it heals.
  • The pain often gets better within a few weeks with self-care, but some injuries may take several months or longer to heal. You should follow all of your healthcare team's instructions.

How Can I Manage Rotator Cuff injuries?

  • Follow your healthcare team's instructions, including any recommended physical therapy or exercises. 
  • To keep swelling down and help relieve pain:
    • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time.
    • Take nonprescription pain medicine, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, you should not take this medicine for more than 10 days.
    • Moist heat may help relieve pain, relax your muscles, and make it easier to move your arm and shoulder. Put moist heat on the injured area for 10 to 15 minutes before you do warm-up and stretching exercises. Moist heat includes heat patches or moist heating pads that you can buy at most drugstores, a warm wet washcloth, or a hot shower. To prevent burns to your skin, follow directions on the package and do not lie on any type of hot pad. Don’t use heat if you have swelling.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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