Hospital Hosts Luncheon, Discusses Rotator Cuff Tears

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PALM COAST, Fla., November 3, 2017 On Oct. 25, nearly 100 community members joined Florida Hospital Flagler for a physician-led seminar about managing rotator cuff tears.

Over lunch at Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Ormond Beach, Florida Hospital Flagler orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Gay explained the diagnosis and treatment options for rotator cuff tears, including physical therapy and surgery.

Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common conditions I see in my practice. Its so common, in fact, that by age of 60, over 50 percent of people have a tear, and by age 80, about 75 percent of people have tear. However, not all need surgery, he said during the event.

There are a multitude of reasons why the rotator cuff tears, Gay explained.

Some are caused by a traumatic injury, but most are degenerative tears, meaning tears that result from time and aging, he said. Rotator cuff tears do not heal on their own and they can get larger over time, so it is important to see your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Florida Hospital Flagler is one of only four Joint Commission-certified Total Shoulder Replacement Centers of Excellence in the state.

About Florida Hospital Flagler

Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and 8,200 licensed beds in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital Flagler has 99-beds and is one of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees.

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