Dr. Patrick McCulloch: Orthopedic Surgery: Houston, TX

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Rotator Cuff Tear Specialist

Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Houston, TX

Dr. Patrick McCulloch is recognized for performing the highest number of rotator cuff repairs at Houston Methodist Hospital, which is distinguished by US News & World Reports as the premier hospital in the southwest United States. Dr. McCulloch and his dedicated team consult with patients experiencing rotator cuff issues at three locations across Houston, Texas: Spring Valley, Bellaire, and the Texas Medical Center. For unparalleled expertise in managing rotator cuff tears, contact his office to arrange a consultation today.

Rotator Cuff Tear Q & A

What is a rotator cuff tear?

The rotator cuff, consisting of a group of tendons, is integral to stabilizing the shoulder, the body’s most flexible joint, and facilitating a broad range of movements. Unfortunately, this flexibility also makes the rotator cuff vulnerable to injuries, including partial or complete tears.

Rotator cuff injuries can emerge suddenly from incidents like falling onto an outstretched arm or lifting something heavy in a sudden motion. These acute tears may accompany other shoulder injuries such as dislocations or fractures of the clavicle (collarbone). On the other hand, degenerative tears develop over time due to repetitive stress and are more frequent in older adults.

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?

An acute tear in the rotator cuff typically presents immediate, severe pain in the shoulder, possibly accompanied by a snapping sound and subsequent weakness in the upper arm. Chronic tears, developing over time, also result in pain and weakness in the arm, with symptoms initially mild and gradually worsening.

How is a rotator cuff tear diagnosed?

The diagnostic process starts with Dr. McCulloch or a team member evaluating your symptoms and medical history, followed by a physical examination of the shoulder to assess for pain points or deformities, as well as testing arm strength and mobility. Diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans, aids in confirming a rotator cuff tear and devising a personalized treatment strategy.

What treatments are available for a rotator cuff tear?

Dr. McCulloch and his team, who handle a significant number of rotator cuff cases, generally manage degenerative tears with non-surgical methods like physical therapy and medications to reduce inflammation. However, surgical intervention might become necessary if symptoms persist despite conservative treatment or if the tear is recent. Rotator cuff repair surgery typically involves reattaching or suturing the torn tendon, employing minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques as often as possible.

Dr. McCulloch is a prominent rotator cuff repair specialist at the top-tier Houston Methodist Hospital. If you suspect a rotator cuff tear, contact Dr. Patrick McCulloch’s office to schedule a consultation today.



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