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Throwing a ball, waving hello, lifting boxes high in the air, swinging a golf club – your shoulders are constantly working! Because of this, an injury to your shoulder can be painful and frustrating, affecting much of your daily movement. At CORE Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we are committed to providing our patients with shoulder rotator cuff treatments tailored to your injury and needs. Many shoulder injuries can be treated with therapy, but if you have an irreparable rotator cuff tear, a surgery called Superior Capsular Reconstruction (SCR) may be the best treatment for you. We’d like to tell you more about the signs of an irreparable rotator cuff and the SCR surgery.

What are some signs of an irreparable rotator cuff tear?

Signs that you may have an irreparable rotator cuff tears are pain caused by your tendon rubbing against your shoulder blade, weakness of the shoulder muscle, and a limited ability to raise your arm.

When patients experience irreparable rotator cuff tears, damage also occurs in the upper lining of the shoulder joint, called the superior capsule. By repairing the superior capsule, doctors can stabilize your shoulder joint.

If you suspect you may have a torn rotator cuff, call (605) 336-2638 to schedule an appointment with our doctors.

What is Superior Capsular Reconstruction?

Your rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that link to the shoulder joint to provide movement and stability for the shoulder. If you suffer from a rotator cuff tear that cannot be repaired through standard surgery, then the SCR technique can provide you with shoulder relief.

The SCR procedure involves first replacing any repairable damage to your rotator cuff. Then, the surgeon places a patch over the shoulder joint using bone anchors and special fastening tape. The patch is a graft that is designed to match the superior capsule. The patch attaches to the rotator cuff tendons and the shoulder bones to provide stability in the shoulder.

For patients who qualify for this surgery, it has been shown to improve shoulder strength, relieve pain, and increase shoulder function, though the recovery can take time.

What next?

We love your shoulders! And we want to help care for your rotator cuffs and get you back to the activities you love. The doctors at CORE Orthopedics & Sports Medicine want to help you have the best recovery from your torn rotator cuff, and we offer a wide array of treatments to ensure you have the exact care you need. Visit our doctors to determine whether the SCR method for shoulder repair can help you experience pain relief and shoulder mobility.

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