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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.
Dr. David Tuckman
Hand Surgery 23 years experience
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is the mainstay of treatment for rotator cuff strains. I personally have not found injections of cortisone very effective.. These can sometimes take 3-6 months to improve.
Dr. Charles Metzger
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
I agree, but I do A LOT of cortisone injections because they almost always help with the pain some, for awhile, and that can help progress in therapy. It is true that a cortisone injection doesn't really "cure" the problem, and they often only work for a few days to weeks.
Apr 21, 2012

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take you to recover from rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
6-12 weeks: Typically, a rotator cuff strain resolves in 6-12 weeks. They are sometimes associated with other injuries that may take longer. Rotator cuff tears do not heal on their own. They may calm down and stop producing pain, but will not heal back to the original position. Healing after a rotator cuff repair takes 12-16 weeks and continues to improve 6 months after surgery.
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
my rotator cuff surgery healed well in4-6 weeks
Aug 20, 2012
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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for rotator cuff injuries?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
PE, MRI, US: The first step in evaluating for a rotator cuff tear is talking to the patient about their symptoms and performing a good physical exam (pe) of the shoulder. Often xray's are done to look at the bones. To more accurately look at the rotator cuff, a MRI is commonly done. Mri's are the standard diagnostic test. Some providers are skilled at looking at the rotator cuff with an ultrasound (us).
A 44-year-old member asked:

What do they do to fix rotator cuff injuries?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Rotator cuff repair: Repair of a torn rotator cuff tendon is performed primarily to relieve pain associated with a tear. Most common indication for surgery is pain which is not relieved by non-operative means, such as pt, nsaids, and occasionally cortisone injections. Weakness is another common indication or surgery, but usually when associated with pain.
A 19-year-old member asked:

How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

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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 physician will ask you to hold your arm out in various positions and ask you to hold it up against resistence. Pain, or inability to hold up the arm may be an indication of injury. Also, an MRI can help determine injury as well.

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