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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Overview)

A condition in which the rotator cuff muscles (the fine motor-control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space) are injured, causing shoulder pain and weakness.


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Torn rotator cuff?

Dr. Allen Lu Dr. Lu
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Torn rotator cuff?

Rotator cuff repair: There are probably too many factors to consider here. At your age, the chances if having a full rotator cuff tear is less common, but if it has occurred, we would recommend an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. A rotator cuff typically tears at the tendon close to where it meets the bone, and cannot heal on its own. Certainly you should be seen by a specialist and evaluated fully! ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Overview)

A condition in which the rotator cuff muscles (the fine motor-control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space) are injured, causing shoulder pain and weakness.


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How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

Strength Testing: There are a series of tests a doctor can use to determine which, if any, of the rotator cuff's have been injured. In most of these tests, the physician will ask you to hold your arm out in various positions and ask you to hold it up against resistence. Pain, or inability to hold up the arm may be an indication of injury. Also, an MRI can help determine injury as well. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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Could rotator cuff sprain be permanent?

Could rotator cuff sprain be permanent?

? Sprain: If you have injured your rotator cuff over time or w/ one episode of trauma you may have 'strained' or irritated the rot cuff.These generally will get better w/time. If, however, you tore or partially tore the rot. Cuff this may not improve completely and may require surgery. A good exam and quality MRI scan can differentiate between the two. See an ors w/ specialty training in shoulder surg. Gl! ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
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See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

No: However one can have both problems at the same time. Carpal tunnal can on occasionj cause shoulder pain, carpal tunnel may alter mechanics in the way the hand and arm are used and a rotator cuff tear that is present becomes more symptomatic. A rotator cuff tear may also give pain down the arm and a unstable shoulder may give tingling in the hand the seems like carpal tunnel. These are not causes! ...Read more

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What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

Pain with activity: Mild rotator cuff injuries are associated with inflammation without structural damage. Most of the symptoms occur during shoulder activities, such as reaching, lifting and throwing. As symptoms progress, the shoulder becomes painful at rest and even at night. Ice, activity modification and nsaid's are early treatments. Physical therapy and oral/injectable steroids are used in severe cases. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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Do rotator cuff injuries heal naturally?

Do rotator cuff injuries heal naturally?

Rotator Cuff injury: Rotator cuff tears are either partial or full thickness. If the tear is not painful and there is not significant weakness then no surgery needs to be done. Rotator cuff tears do not usually heal naturally. You can get some scarring back down, but that is not predictable. Patients not electing for surgery usually recover with pt, but that is more for partial tears. ...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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Does a partial rotator cuff tear require right shoulder arthroscopy?

Does a partial rotator cuff tear require right shoulder arthroscopy?

Sometimes: Partial thickness rtc tears are generally managed with physical therapy. Shoulder arthroscopy is indicated for partial thickness tears that fail to improve with non-operative treatment. ...Read more

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Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

It depend: What kind injury, if minor inflammations it is not, if you have a tear in it is need surgery. ...Read more

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How to repair a pinched rotator cuff nerve?

How to repair a pinched rotator cuff nerve?

Nerve or muscle?: Rotator cuff problems include, inflammation, pressure, weakness, or damage to the tendons that constitute the rotator cuff. Conservative care w/anti-inflammatories, ice, and physical therapy. Sometimes surgery is necessary to repair a torn tendon or release pressure on the tendon. Surgery can also be helpful to release pressure on pinched nerves that supply cuff. An orthopaedic surgeon can help. ...Read more

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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Rarely: A massive rotator cuff tear can lead to shoulder instability (typically a subluxation/partial dislocation, but not a full dislocation). This may depend on multiple factors including the size, location and chronicity of the tear. On the other hand a traumatic shoulder dislocation can sometimes cause a rotator cuff tear, particularly in patients over the age of 40. ...Read more

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Did a torn rotator cuff require surgical repair?

It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often consists of NSAIDS, injection, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Good luck ...Read more

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Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

Yes: A strain of the rotator cuff usually heals in 6-8 weeks. Rotator cuff tears in general do not heal unless surgically repaired. Surgical treatment is generally done arthroscopically (using a small camera). Most patients (90%) have improvement and are satisfied with surgery. Healing of the tendon after surgical repair is dependent on the size and type of tear as well how old the tear is. ...Read more

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Exercise for rotator cuff pain?

Exercise for rotator cuff pain?

Strengthening.: Internal and external rotator strengthening, as well as overall shoulder strengthening, should help. ...Read more

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I have a rotator cuff injury and drop arm test shows supraspinatus tear. Do i need to have surgery?

I have a rotator cuff injury and drop arm test shows supraspinatus tear. Do i need to have surgery?

Depends: If you have a complete rotator cuff tear with weakness and night pain in your dominant shoulder then yes, at age 45 you may need surgery. You don't mention having an mri. If you do get an MRI arthrogram as it provides more information. Have you tried any physical therapy yet ? ...Read more

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What is a torn rotator cuff tendon like?

What is a torn rotator cuff tendon like?

Painful and weak: A torn rotator cuff tendon is usually quite painful, especially at night or during forceful shoulder motion. The rotator cuff starts out as 4 individual muscle attached to the shoulder blade. As they approach there insertion onto the tuberosities of the humerus, they come together to make a tendonus cuff. When this cuff of tissue is torn, active shoulder motion becomes difficult. Needs surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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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