Sports Docs Weekly Blitz: Arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, my most common procedure
Posted on 10/02/2017 at 09:30 AM by Bryan Warme, MD
Bryan Warme, MD
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
While rotator cuff tears are very common in the 50-plus age group, they are relatively uncommon in 20 year-olds. However, every fall I do a handful of rotator cuff repairs on football players from Iowa State and the surrounding high schools.
The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons in the shoulder that help with shoulder movement and help keep this ball and socket joint congruent throughout its range of motion. Rotator cuff injuries typically occur in football with direct blows to the shoulder or when landing on the shoulder during a sack or after a diving catch.
The pain athletes feel is...