What are Rotator Cuff Tears?
The area of the body known as the rotator cuff is made up of several tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. This group of tendons serves to stabilize the upper arm and the shoulder, keeping them both perfectly in place. Unfortunately, an injury to this cuff can cause a tear, which will likely require immediate medical attention to prevent its condition from worsening. While the side effects of a rotator cuff tear can vary, in almost every case, it will significantly impact your ability to carry out everyday tasks. At Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we take rotator cuff tears extremely seriously. While some patients will turn to surgical procedures to treat their tears, Dr. Christie Lehman offers a variety of nonsurgical methods that can quickly and effectively restore the function of your shoulder.
"I came to Dr. Lehman after enduring years of pain in my hips, especially my right hip. Previous corticosteroid injections, which would help for a few months, had ceased to be effective. Driving, standing, walking - everything had become very painful. Dr. Lehman’s exam revealed several sizable tears in the tendons of both hips. I received the regenerative platelet injections in each hip, directly into the tendon tears, to produce new cell growth to fill in the painful gaps/tears. At that time, my regular pain on a scale of 1 to 10 was: 4 or 5 in my left hip; 8 to 10 in my right hip. Today, after my 12 week checkup, I can honestly say that my left hip pain is usually nonexistent or, at most, a 1, and my right hip pain is no higher than a 2, maybe 3 after driving a long distance. That is like a 75 to 80% improvement for me, and we expect it to continue to improve. I am so grateful to Dr. Lehman and her team for helping me get past the pain and all the associated stress!"- D.K. / Google / Jul 21, 2021
"Three months ago, Dr. Lehman did a stem cell treatment on my knee for a torn meniscus and arthritis. She and her staff provided a thorough explanation of what was involved in the procedure and what to expect in the days after. I am now 80% pain free and able to walk several miles and up and downstairs without discomfort. I highly recommend this practice."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 14, 2021
"I came to Dr. Lehman after being told by several orthopedic surgeons that I needed a total knee replacement for advanced osteoarthritis. She treated me with stem cell & plasma rich platelet injections harvested from my own body. My knee was significantly improved afterwards and I can walk without my old limp!"- N.M. / Google / Oct 03, 2021
"I am extremely satisfied with my experiences with Dr. Lehman. I've had two procedures done and everything was handled professionally. She is an excellent communicator, and answered any questions I've had. Her bedside manner during the procedures is excellent as well. I've given her name to more than one friend, and highly recommend her to anyone who has joint/muscle issues that may benefit from her expertise."- L.M. / Google / Aug 03, 2021
"Dr. Lehman was excellent. I couldn't raise my arm above my head to wash my own hair. Now I'm swimming and living my life. It was wonderful"- T.C. / Healthgrades / Jul 01, 2021
Common Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tears
This condition can be incredibly painful and even debilitating if left untreated. For this reason, it's incredibly important to visit Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at the first sign of a problem. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a rotator cuff tear:
- Pain when resting or lying on the injured shoulder
- Pain when lifting and lowering your arm
- Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm
- A cracking sound or sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions
How Can Rotator Cuff Tears be Treated?
In many cases, it is possible to fix a rotator cuff tear without the use of surgery. Nonsurgical alternatives usually involve anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy, and/or activity modification. Different treatments will yield different results, depending on each particular patient, which is why we always recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Christie Lehman to decide which treatment will likely work best for you.
During your consultation, our staff will likely perform any number of diagnostic procedures, including musculoskeletal ultrasound, in order to properly identify exactly what's going on within your body. Once we've done this, we can create a customized treatment plan that has been tailored precisely to meet your needs. In many cases, we may utilize a modern procedure known as Regenexx®, which utilizes the body's own growth factors in order to invigorate the natural healing process within the shoulder. Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is a Regenexx partner, which makes us one of the foremost experts on this exciting procedure in our area.
Rid Yourself of Shoulder Pain
Your health is always in the right hands at Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Rotator cuff tears can be a debilitating injury, but they do not always require surgery and all of its associated risks and downtime. Call us to arrange an appointment with Dr. Christie Lehman to discuss whether or not one of our advanced procedures might be able to reduce pain and bring back the function in your shoulder.
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