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A 31-year-old member asked:

is it possible for me to tear my rotator cuff from playing flag football?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: certainly it is possible especially if you land on your shoulder and experience a pop, weakness and pain. Other things can cause these same symptoms though including an AC separation, fracture or dislocation.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have a strained rotator cuff?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Not as bad as a tear: The tendons that attach the rotor cuff muscles to the top of the shoulder bone are commonly injured in adults. The spectrum of injury runs from a mild strain to a partial tear and ends with a full thickness tear. A strain specifically means that no actual tendon fibers are torn or ruptured, whereas increasingly more tendon fibers are overtly torn with partial and full thickness tears.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are good exercises to do to strengthen the rotator cuff?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Jobe's exercises: Jobe's exercises have been described as a series of strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff. They should be done with low resistance (1-3 lb dumbells or an exercise band). These exercises can be found via an internet search.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there treatment for a rotator cup tear?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Therapy vs repair: Not all rotator cuff tears are treated the same. Factors such as age of patient, age of the tear, size of tear, location of the tear, and most importantly the symptoms of the patient all help determine the best course of treatment. A trial of nonoperative management with therapy and perhaps an injection is the usual 1st line of treatment. Surgery may be indicated if nonoperative treatment fails.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between an impingement and tear of a rotator cuff?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Severity of condtion: With impingment, the rotator cuff is being pinched, without necessarily being torn, between the acromion of the shoulder blade and the top of the humerus. Raising your arm pinches the rotator cuff just like closing a door pinches your fingers if they are stuck between the door and door jam. A rotator cuff tear implies that the tendon is not simply inflamed but is partially or totally disrupted.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Question about bench pressing. Is it harmful to you rotator cuffs?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Could be..: As in prior answer on this topic, any exercise done improperly or to excess, when one is just starting a particular exercise and those muscles, tendons are unconditioned, injuries very common. Would get guidance of exercise physiologist, or trainer before starting, and always start low and go slow (like giving medication to the elderly).

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