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Doctor insights on: Rotator Cuff Injury Symptoms

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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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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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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Torn rotator cuff?

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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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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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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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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What causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury?

Frozen Shoulder?: Stiffness by itself is not diagnostic of a rotator cuff tear but rather a frozen or stiff shoulder. Any sort of shoulder injury or trauma can initiate the process of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/frozen-shoulder.Htm. ...Read more

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Could a rotator cuff injury cause temporary spine curvature?

Could a rotator cuff injury cause temporary spine curvature?

A bit of a distance: between the shoulder and the spine. The usual cause of "temporary spine curvature" or "change in normal lordosis" is a muscle spasm--typically of the neck. Certainly injuries and/or pain can cause spasm. Temporary spine curvature changes are common and are NOT due to the bones or disk being broken. ...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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Can rotator cuff injury cause weakness in your hands?

Can rotator cuff injury cause weakness in your hands?

Not normally no: Rotator cuff injuries will not generally cause any weakness in your hands.Other things can occur that cause weakness@ the same time you have rc pain...Carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical disc problems, etc. See your md if symptoms persist.Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a full thickness rotator cuff tear cause neck pain ?

Can a full thickness rotator cuff tear cause neck pain ?

Rotator cuff tear: Usually the shoulder pain will cause muscle spasms in the trapezius muscle which is attached to the shoulder, cervical spine and the bottom of the skull and hence the pain may be felt in the neck as well as headaches. ...Read more

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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 to differentiate between supraspinatus impingement and rotators cuff tendonitis ?

How to differentiate between supraspinatus impingement and rotators cuff tendonitis ?

Same: For an orthopedic surgeon they r the same. Only thing that would make a ... Of a difference if the rotator cuff is torn( supraspinatus .... Or commonly missed subscapularis)... Which would mean if i failed a non- operative tx program your arthroscopy would include an arcr as well as decompression , if needed. ...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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Does a rotator cuff injury cause collar bone pain?

Possibly: The rotator cuff is located beneath both the acromion and the clavicle. The body has a tough time deciding where the pain is because of the low density of nerve fibers and organs in the area. Therefore rotator cuff pain can be across the back, in the clavicle or down the arm. You should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Not usually: The shoulder is usually an 'innocent bystander' when it comes to neurologic problems such as numbness and weakness that is found beyond the shoulder in the arm and forearm. The more likely culprit for these complaints is actually nerve compression emanating from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tendonitis, how is this diagnosed?

Rotator cuff tendonitis, how is this diagnosed?

History and physical: Typically a clinician can make this diagnosis with a history and good physical exam. Imaging may add to the diagnosis but often is not required for the initial diagnosis of rotator cuff tendinitis ...Read more

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Can shoulder pain ( rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Can shoulder pain  ( rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Yes.: When your shoulder is injured, the neck muscles "work overtime" to help protect the shoulder, thus, the neck pain. ...Read more

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Revision rotator cuff surgery failed w/complete full-thickness infra tear w/1.5cm retraction.All 3 other tendon intact. Can get cuff tear arthropathy?

Frozen Shoulder: You are at high risk of developing a frozen shoulder if the revision of a full thickness tear of the conjoint tendon of the rotator cuff failed. I hope you are in physical therapy and have a set of low cost safe resistance bands at home to reduce impingement. By the way, the three main muscles of the rotator cuff are supraspinatus, infraspinatus and Teres minor. They insert via a common tendo ...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. Lawrence Kessler
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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