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Shoulder tendon tears leading to muscle atrophy


Apr 3, 2024

Mr. Tu, aged 63, has been experiencing shoulder pain for many years while continuing to do heavy work. Recently, he completely tore his rotator cuff tendon and has developed muscle atrophy as a result.

On April 2, M.D. Ho Van Duy An from the Orthopedics Trauma Center at Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City diagnosed Mr. Tu with a serious tear in the rotator cuff tendon of his shoulder. The rotator cuff muscle consists of four tendons that play a crucial role in arm extension and shoulder rotation movements.

Mr. Tu had completely torn his supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons, leading to significant damage and muscle atrophy. Due to his continued strenuous activities despite experiencing shoulder pain, the tear worsened over time, resulting in reduced tendon quality and level 3 fatty degeneration.

In order to repair the torn tendon, the patient underwent a procedure involving a tendon graft using an allograft. This innovative technique improves the success rate of rotator cuff tendon surgeries and allows for faster recovery compared to traditional methods.

Following the surgery, Mr. Tu experienced relief from pain and improved mobility in his shoulder joint. With proper rehabilitation and care, he is expected to return to heavy work within six months without the risk of recurring tendon tears.

Doctor An emphasizes the importance of early detection and treatment of shoulder abnormalities to prevent further complications. Timely intervention can lead to conservative treatment options, while delayed diagnosis may result in long-term consequences such as shoulder weakness or loss of movement.

In conclusion, utilizing advanced techniques and early intervention can significantly improve outcomes for patients with rotator cuff injuries. It is essential to prioritize shoulder health and seek medical attention promptly in case of any discomfort or limitations in movement.

By editor

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