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Rotator Cuff Surgery: The Most Dreaded Phrase in Baseball

Rotator Cuff Surgery SeattleIf you are a baseball player or a big fan of America’s pastime, “rotator cuff surgery” is probably the most dreaded phrase you never want to hear especially for pitchers. Even Jim Molony from Major League Baseball wrote a blog about this unfortunate injury.

“It is widely accepted that the success rate for pitchers returning from rotator cuff surgery is lower than the return rate for Tommy John surgery [elbow ligament replacement surgery].”

Why is this injury a detriment to any baseball career? The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that stabilize the muscle joint, allowing you to raise and rotate your arm. When those tendons tear, the orthopedic surgeon has to repair the shoulder, muscle, and a tendon while making sure it has extreme flexibility.

Thanks to advancements in techniques and technology, it is possible for the player to get back out to the playing field. However, their strength and flexibility are not the same because of the complexity of this injury.

Rotator cuff repair at Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians

Our orthopedic surgeons are among the most respected surgeons to perform rotator cuff surgery near Seattle. They have the ability to repair the tendons in your shoulder to get you back on the playing field. Additionally, we provide excellent physical therapy programs to restore the best possible flexibility to your rotator cuff. Our excellent physical therapists will walk you through our guiding principles to maximize your performance.

Our protocol is:

  • Minimize effects of immobilization
  • Protect healing tissue by avoiding early active ROM
  • Maximize function
  • Progress through the treatment based on patient response
  • Protocol is based on current research

Contact us today for your evaluation on your rotator cuff. The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner we can get you back on the baseball field!