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can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

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Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes / No: In massive rotator cuff tears the shoulder can sublux superiorly and caus significant arthritis but acute dislocation of the shoulder is not seen.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Dislocation shoulder: When dislocation occurs, some part of the shoulder fails to permit dislocation. In younger patients, anterior labrum tears (bankart tear). When dislocation occurs in patients over 40y, incidence of rotator cuff tear increases. If cuff tears in this setting, there is increased chance of redislocation. Many patients opt for cuff repair, but usually because of pain and weakness, not redislocation.
Dr. Marc Schneider
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
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.

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When I wake up in the night I have pains between my shoulder blades and inside my chest. Is it something to worry about?

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Dr. Ruth Crystal
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Maybe: Your symptoms may be from acid reflux from your stomach to your esophagus when you lay down. Try taking some Tums (calcium carbonate) (antacids). If the pain does not go away, i would call your doctor to make sure that it is not something more serious.
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Have I got an Achilles tendonitis injury?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Maybe: It depends. Achilles tendon injuries/inflammation are characterized by pain in the back of the ankle/lower leg. Tendonitis is pretty common. Complete tears are usually from trauma and are associated with inability to point down the foot. It also will feel soft where you usually feel the tendon and the muscles may be balled up in the upper part of the calf.
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Are vascular conditions a common complication of injury?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
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Must be ruled out: Vascular conditions must be ruled out as part of the injury evaluation and treatment. Vascular conditions after an injury are not uncommon; they often are missed because they're not suspected and don't have symptoms right away. A missed vascular condition after injury can be devastating. If you are injured, ask your doctor to evaluate you for a possible vascular condition.
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Do I use ice on an injury or sprain in a sickle cell patient?

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How can I treat an injury from head banging?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
HEAD BANGING: Sometimes due to frequent headbanging, you develop concussion or contusion of the brain depending on the severity of the trauma. Please see a neurologist for the symptoms present.

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