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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Rotator Cuff Injury

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


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What is the treatment for rotator cuff injury?

What is the treatment for rotator cuff injury?

Non-op 1st: The first line treatments of a cuff injury is non-operative with rest, tylenol, (acetaminophen) nsaid's, physical therapy, and possible cortisone injections. If these measures don't provide relief, surgery can be considered. If the tendon is torn, it is repaired. A repair can be performed either through a traditional open incision, a mini-open approach, or arthroscopically (through very small incisions). ...Read more

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Rotator cuff injury and brufen - what is the best treatment for this type of shoulder injury?

Rotator cuff injury and brufen - what is the best treatment for this type of shoulder injury?

It depend: If you inflammation of the rotator cuff the treatment by using anti-inflammatory medication could in form tablets or injection in the shoulder area. If you have tear of the cuff and the tear is complete you need surgery for that . ...Read more

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Reduced rom in right shoulder with clicking sound when elevated. Rotator cuff injury? What is best treatment plan?

Reduced rom in right shoulder with clicking sound when elevated.  Rotator cuff injury? What is best treatment plan?

Shoulder: Seek medical attention. A orthopedic surgeon is the best place to start. After the exam you may get radiography, physical therapy, anti inflammatory, steroid injection, linemen or surgery. Regardless you need to get to the bottom of it. ...Read more

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Is bowen therapy effective for a rotator cuff injury?

Not likely: Bowen therapy relies on fascial and soft tissue release. It can help relieve associated pain related to neck and back muscles that often accompanies rotator cuff injuries, but the rotator cuff tendon is a deep structure and will not be directly reached. Small and partial tears can respond well to pt. Larger tears or retracted tears (pulling away from bone) usually require surgery. ...Read more

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How do I tell whether a shoulder injury is bursitis or rotator cuff tear? Pain when lift arm up or sideways or bear weight. Treatment method same?

How do I tell whether a shoulder injury is bursitis or rotator cuff tear? Pain when lift arm up or sideways or bear weight. Treatment method same?

Get examined: "bursitis" of the shoulder and a rotator cuff tear can present w/ very similar symptoms(pain w/ motion of shoulder away from body , night pain, etc).However subacromial bursitis will generally improve w/ time, rot.Cuff tears usually not. A simple physical exam by an ors in most cases will be give u your answer.Occ. A diagnostic injection will be needed as well.A high quality MRI is definitive. Gl! ...Read more

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Are rotator cuff injuries best healed with therapy or surgery?

Are rotator cuff injuries best healed with therapy or surgery?

Cuff injuries ...: Cuff injuries aren't all the same and aren't all treated the same way. Some injuries respond well to non-operative treatment with resolution of pain and without loss of function while many require surgery to alleviate pain and/or restore strength and motion. An orthopedic surgeon experienced in the treatment of these injuries is most qualified to help you decide what the best treatment is for you. ...Read more

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What treatment is there for rotator cuff tear?

What treatment is there for rotator cuff tear?

Expected outcomes...: If symptoms persist w/ >6 wks of diligent rehab & compliance w/ conservative treatment, a more aggressive treatment, such as surgery, may be required.. This arthroscopic outpatient procedure usually allows for a return to daily living activities within 2-6 wks. A full recovery can be long & arduous, but excellent results are achieved >80%... For more info: www.Drmarkgalland.Com (1/22/13). ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

Good Question: We need a better understanding of your true diagnosis first. Do you have a strain/sprain without tear, a minor partial tear, a structural partial tear, or a full thickness tear? Each has a different prognosis and treatment. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm. ...Read more

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How can I avoid a repeat rotator cuff injury?

How can I avoid a repeat  rotator cuff injury?

Be smart & lucky: While there are some variables that you have the ability to control (such as how you lift, what activities you participate in, etc), there are some variables that you cannot easily control. This includes normal aging of the tendon and genetics. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for over rotator cuff injury?

What is the recovery time for over rotator cuff injury?

It depend: If you inflammation of the rotator cuff the treatment by using anti-inflammatory medication could in form tablets or injection in the shoulder area, it take about 3-4 weeks. If you have tear of the cuff and the tear is complete you need surgery for that.If surgery was done it take 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

See below: Symptoms vary with severity, but usually pain when you try to use the arm, particularly elevating the arm to reach out for something, difficulty lying on that side at night, pain radiates to the side of the upper arm. With a severe rotator cuff tear you may not be able to lift the arm above shoulder level due to a complete tear. Weakness of certain muscles called external rotator muscles as well. ...Read more

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Why is it recommended to stop overhead activities while treating a rotator cuff injury?

 Why is it recommended to stop overhead activities while treating a rotator cuff injury?

One of the: major tendons injured (torn) in a RTC (Rotator Cuff) injury is the SUPRASPINATUS which is the majot muscle/tendon complex responsible for LIFTING YOUR ARM OVERHEAD....thus RESTING IT is a necessary part of the REHABILITATION from a RTC injury!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Should I use gauze for my minor rotator cuff injury?

No : Ice usually works well for a rotator cuff strain. If pain persists you should see an orthopedist who will probably prescribe a short course of physical therapy. ...Read more

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How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

Many factors: Several factors play a part in the decision to proceed with surgery including the severity of symptoms, accurate physical exam by an orthopedic surgeon, size of the tear on mri, failed nonsurgical treatments, activity level and health of each individual patient. All of the above should be taken into consideration before surgery is planned. ...Read more

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Can i not go to a doctor, with my rotator cuff injury?

You could but should: Not as early DX means early treatment and early recovery from it. Delayed treatments can produce suboptimal results as well. So see your orthopod. ...Read more

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Do I have to go to the doctor with a rotator cuff injury?

Do I have to go to the doctor with a rotator cuff injury?

Not always: Depending on how you injured your rotator cuff, a trip to the doctor may not be necessary. A fall or trauma may cause a full rotator cuff year, which will not heal without surgery. Otherwise, ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications should make your shoulder fell better within 6 weeks. If not, go see a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Will a shoulder brace help a cure a rotator cuff injury?

Brace: A brace, sling, or immobilizer can temporarily protect the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can be partial, complete, acute, or chronic. Complete tears won't heal with the above. ...Read more

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Should i see a chiropractor if i have a rotator cuff injury?

Should i see a chiropractor if i have a rotator cuff injury?

Not necessarily.: You're best served by seeing an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who specializes in shoulders. If you have a rotator cuff tear, you'd need one anyway. ...Read more

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Could a rotator cuff injury lead to a tingling in your fingers?

Could a rotator cuff injury lead to a tingling in your fingers?

Unlikely: Rotator cuff ' injuries' usually result in pain@ night and referred pain to the deltoid( mid- upper arm). Pts. W/ rot. Cuff tears for some time can have pain/ spasms in their neck( trapezius usually) because of their difficulty elevating their arm normally and their resultant use of their scapula to ' help'raise their shoulder..'.Tingling'in fingers is rare w/ rc injuries.(cts, rad.Pain >common). ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Definition)

Your rotator cuff muscles are the fine motor control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space. With an injury to the rotator cuff, patients have pain with discrete shoulder ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more