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What can i do to get help for a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Strengthening: Allow several days of relative rest after an injury, then gradually and progressively strengthen the muscles that form the rotator cuff. These muscles are those that turn your forearm in and out when your elbow is held in a fixed location. Elastic bands are very useful for this type of rehab.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Rest: Most rotator cuff injuries resolve on its own without specific treatment. Many times it just takes 2-4 weeks for the muscle the recover and start working again. In the meantime, working on the shoulder blade back muscles can help to hold and stabilize the shoulder. This puts less strain on the healing rotator cuff.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
See shoulder surgeon: First step to treatment is correct diagnosis. Initial treatment is rest, stretching exercises to prevent stiffness, nsaids, ice. If no help, and symptoms persist more than 2-3 weeks, see a shoulder specialist. A history and physical exam is performed, and x-ray is done. If rotator cuff tear is suspected, additional imaging (mri or ultrasound) may be recommended.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Dec 7, 2012
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
See your Ortho : An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate you and get you set up for appropriate treatment for a rotator cuff issue. We typically start with nsaids, therapy and maybe an injection. Sometimes you need more imaging like an mri. Sometimes you need surgery. Thanks.

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What would doctors recommend to help with rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Kevin Watson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Rehab: Parital rotator cuff tears or rotator cuff tendonitis is generally treating with nsaids and physical therapy/rehab exercises. You can google rotator cuff rehab exercises for many good ideas. If you have a full-thickness rotator cuff tear, or a large partial-tear, then surgery is usually required.
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I have a weird rotator cuff injury. Is it necessary to get surgery?

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Dr. Tim Lenters
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Not always: The decision to pursue surgical treatment depends on a number of factors, including your age, your activity level, the chronicity of the tear, the size and "repairability" of the tear. Small traumatic tears usually recover predictably well with surgery. Large atraumatic tears often respond to non-operative treatments, although there is some risk of tear progression without surgery.

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