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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: At your age, a rotator cuff tear would be a very serious injury. It is extremely rare for a 31 year old to have a rotator cuff tear. A strain of the rotator cuff, however, usually resolve on their own without too much worry or too much long term difficulties. If may be time to see your friendly neighborhood orthopedic surgeon!
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depend: What kind injury, if minor inflammations it is not, if you have a tear in it is need surgery.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: It can significantly effective quality of life. Sometimes people have tears and have no symptoms or deficits. For most people it is quite painful and annoying.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes.: If it's torn, it cannot heal itself, and may require surgical attention.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Pain and weakness: When the rotator cuff is injured, it first stops working. Without the rotator cuff to stabilize the shoulder, attempts to raise the arm results in improper motion. This in turn causes pain and weakness. An injury may resolve on its own after 4-6 weeks when the rotator cuff recovers. If it has torn, it will not heal on its own and may need a repair.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
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 exercises involving rotation of the shoulder (look up codmans exercises, which are pendulum exercises for the shoulder). Perform slowly, as pain resolves, can add light weights while performing them to strengthen rtc muscles.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What do I do when I have a rotator cuff injury/strain?

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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Did you ahve an: Mri? If not ask your doc if you should have one so they can see if you have a tear.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
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 likely need surgery.
Auburndale, MA
A 57-year-old male asked:

Rotator cuff injury treatments?

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Dr. Timothy Silver
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 24 years experience
Discuss with MD: An evaluation will be needed which may include an MRI or ultrasound. Rehab with a physical therapist or occupational therapist is usually ordered unless the rotator cuff injury requires surgery as the first options. Typically requires some pain medications during the initial therapies but not always.

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