Dr. Rockwood, Jr. introduces himself and describes a rotator cuff tear.
Dr. Rockwood, Jr.:
Good afternoon. My name is Charles A. Rockwood Jr., M.D. I am an orthopaedic surgeon from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. My primary interest in orthopaedics has been the care of shoulder problems. I am a past president of the meeting that’s going on here now, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
There are four small muscles in the shoulder that give you control at certain areas of movement. The bulk deltoid is the big power muscle that give you power, but the rotator cuff are the muscles that let you put your hand in very fine positions and keep it there.
And those tendons, particularly as we get older, can deteriorate or they can completely rupture, which means then the patient has trouble getting his arm up in certain positions, and not only that, but he can’t hold it in certain positions because of little power, we sometimes call them the guiding muscles or the rotator muscles of the shoulder, they just don’t function very well.
About Dr. Rockwood, Jr., M.D.:
Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., M.D., continues to perform complex shoulder surgery in his private practice, and as a consultant, lends his expertise to other orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country. Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks.