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how to heal a sore rotator cuff

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
41 years experience in Sports Medicine
Rotator Cuff`: If you have inflammation of your rotator cuff and it continues to cause pain it may eventually tear. I have found that most rotator cuff tears occur i ... Read More

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
41 years experience in Sports Medicine
Painful rotator cuff: I always tell my patients to listen to their body. If it hurts when you are exercising then it probably is not helping. There are specific exercises ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Expected outcomes...: If symptoms persist w/ >6 wks of diligent rehab & compliance w/ conservative treatment, a more aggressive treatment, such as surgery, may be requir ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: This is very common. Inform your physical therapist of this and have them alter your treatment accordingly.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
6-12 wks if healable: Minor or partial rotator cuff tears are usually allowed to heal via nonoperative means initially. Physical therpay, appropriate rest, then strengtheni ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Purchase
22 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Hard to say: I'm sorry, but there is just not enough info to answer this one. Is it a full tear or partial or just tendinitis? Did it develop over time or from one ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
6-12 wks if healable: Minor or partial rotator cuff tears are usually allowed to heal via nonoperative means initially. Physical therpay, appropriate rest, then strengtheni ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It depend: If there is tear or no tear in it, most of the time if you have no tear we treat with medication and physical therapy and injections, if torn most lik ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It may never: Large rotator cuffs, when left alone, do not heal on their own. Some of the inflammation may go away and the should can adapt to the changes, feeling ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
1-2 months: If symptoms are not significantly improved within 1 month, usually an MRI should be considered to rule out significant tearing that might need surgery ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rohit Keswani
24 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rest and exercise: As long as it is not torn, a cuff sprain/strain resolves with rest for a couple of days with the use of anti inflammatory meds, followed by gradual ex ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Achilles injury: Depends on extent & duration of the injury. Best to consult your doctor for referral to orthopedic specialist.
A female asked:
Dr. James Chen
14 years experience in Sports Medicine
Depends where torn: A torn triceps at the attachment of the muscle to bone (the tendon) needs to be re-attached through surgery. If the muscle is torn in the body of the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It does not: A rotator cuff sprain is defined by a tear of the rotator cuff. Once a rotator cuff tears, the body is unable to heal the tear without a repair, in wh ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain with Abduction: a full thickness rotator cuff tear can cause considerable weakness and pain especially with movement in the and of motion controlled most by the rotat ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
26 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
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 va ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
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 physici ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Get it fixed: A torn rotator cuff will not heal. Oral/injectable steroids may help relieve symptoms, temporarily. For long-term relief of symptoms and restoration o ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
26 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
We repair RC: Tears with a camera and miniature tools in a procedure called arthroscopy. Arthroscopy has become the primary means of fixing rotator cuffs. A sport m ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Up to Six Months: Recovery from a rotator cuff that has been repaired surgically typically takes up to 6 months. The tendon heals to bone slowly, and at 3 months, that ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allan Tissenbaum
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Patience: It can take 12-24 months to maximize strength gains after a large repair, providing the tissue heals correctly
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Let me explain: Pain in the shoulder and the upper arm, limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder in certain directions and sometime weakness of the arm.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience in Sports Medicine
Rest, immobilze: I would recommend you rest and limit any exacerbating activities sometimes ice, nsaids, and splint immobilization can help the affected ligament ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
15 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: on whether the tear is at origin/insertion versus intra-muscular. Please see a professional who will do a thorough exam and possible diagnostic imagin ... Read More

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