Charlie Daniels Has Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

Rotator cuff repair procedures are among our most commonly performed surgeries. There are many ways to tear your rotator cuff:It looks like the Charlie Daniels’ Band will be without its legendary fiddle playing for the near future. Legendary singer, guitarist, and fiddler Charlie Daniels underwent successful rotator cuff repair surgery on the morning of Monday, December 17.

  • Normal wear and tear (after the age of 40, muscles and tendons don’t repair as well)
  • Falling
  • Lifting or pulling
  • Repetitive stress (i.e. playing a musical instrument, baseball, tennis, etc.)

If you are in need of shoulder surgery, contact our Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeons for an appointment.

Rotator Cuff Information

As a result of the years of stress on his shoulder joint, Charlie Daniels needed rotator cuff surgery. A lot of people suffer from rotator cuff injuries. The shoulder joint is not designed for many of the over-the-top movements required by fiddlers. As is most often the case, a torn rotator cuff involves the tendons. The tendons of the rotator cuff can be torn either partially or completely.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and four tendons in the shoulder joint that allow the shoulder to both move freely and remain in place. A rotator cuff tear occurs when a muscle or tendon in the rotator cuff is torn. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint: The ball, or head, of your upper arm bone fits into a shallow socket in your shoulder blade. Your shoulder joint is made up of three bones: upper arm bone, shoulder blade, and collarbone.

Signs of a torn rotator cuff include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Pain when moving the shoulder
  • Shoulder tenderness
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Decreased range of motion in the shoulder
  • Difficulty moving the shoulder

Recovery from Torn Rotator Cuff Surgery

The good news for Charlie Daniels, and his band’s fans, is that the music star’s recovery should not take a long time. According to an update posted on his website, he’ll be back to fiddling in about two to six weeks.

Just wanted to let everybody know that Charlie had surgery this morning to fix a shredded rotator cuff. The surgery was successful, he is resting at home and is doing very well. He won’t be playing the fiddle or guitar for a while, but he will be back to normal in 2 to 6 weeks, and will not miss any shows scheduled for 2013. Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes!

If you are among the estimated two million adults that suffer rotator cuff injuries on average each year, you should contact an experienced orthopedic surgeon at La Peer. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at (310) 777-7845. You may also fill out the website contact form and a member of our office staff will contact you shortly.