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Dr. Walter Husar
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Rotator Cuff (Overview)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm from your side (abduction).


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Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest. Torn cartilage in other shoulder. ??

Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest.  Torn cartilage in other shoulder. ??

Get examined!: At age 55 your most common cause for this pain would still be 'impingement' ( or bursitis). Labral tears causing this pain are less likely unless associated with the biceps 'anchor'( SLAP) lesions -- but less likely in isolation in your age group.Osteoarthritis can cause pain in this distribution . AC joint arthritis can also cause pain when rotating arm towards chest ( adduction). See an ORS! GL! ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
5 doctors shared insights

Rotator Cuff (Overview)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm from your side (abduction).


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Exercise for rotator cuff pain?

Exercise for rotator cuff pain?

Strengthening.: Internal and external rotator strengthening, as well as overall shoulder strengthening, should help. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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What is a rotator cuff made of?

What is a rotator cuff made of?

It's a tendon: A tendon is what attaches a muscle to a bone. This is what allows the skeleton to move. The muscle generates a force that is transmitted to the bone, through a tendon. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff starts out as 4 muscles attached to the shoulder blade. As they move toward the shoulder joint, the muscle turns into tendon. This tendon is the rotator cuff and helps to move the shoulder joint. ...Read more

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How can I relieve rotator cuff pain?

How can I relieve rotator cuff pain?

Most likely rotator: Cuff impingement. Make sure it is rc pain first. If it is on the sides of your shoulders and hurts with overhead activity it could be rotator cuff issues. Initially treat with nsaids, ice and modification of activity (no overhead activity, no heavy pushing or lifting) if it is not getting better see and orthopaedist. They might offer you pt, oral steroids or hopefully a cortisone shot. ...Read more

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How often do rotator cuff repairs fail?

How often do rotator cuff repairs fail?

Depends: That depends on many factors the age of the patient or the activity level of the patient come to mind first. As a general rule rotator cuff reconstructions have a very small re-occurence rate. ...Read more

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How can you fix rotator cuff, please help?

How can you fix rotator cuff, please help?

It depends: On how it is injured. Fixing can be done with injection, therapy or ultimately surgery. In surgery we repair the tendon by sewing it with stitches that are anchored into the bone. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are some easy rotator cuff exercises?

What are some easy rotator cuff exercises?

Codman's: Google codmans exercises.

Agree, light resistance band. Would also complement with parascapular strengthening with rows, shrugs, pulldowns and scapular contractions exercises. ...Read more

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What can I do to address rotator cuff pain?

What can I do to address rotator cuff pain?

Rest: There are many ways to approach this. The first treatment is usually a period of rest. An injured rotator cuff that stops functioning causes more pain, weakness, and damage when you are forcing it to move. Depending whether there is a tear in the rotator cuff, range of motion exercises are next. Finally, exercises to restore cuff function follows. Tears would not heal and end up with repairs. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff hurts, should I work out or not?

Rotator cuff hurts, should I work out or not?

When you work : Out avoid overhead exercises and exercises that keep your arm internally rotated and abducted ie the painful arc of impingement. Keep your weight and resistance lower than usual. Exercises for internal and external roaring with very very light weights to strengthen the unaffected parts of the rot cuff and stabilize the shoulder will help ask a trainer or therapist to guide you. ...Read more

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Can a tear heal on its own in a rotator cuff?

Rotator Cuff: Depends on the size and thickness. Partial thickness tears can heal if they are less than 50% of the thickness of the tendon. Full thickness (complete) tears generally will not heal on their own and will often enlarge with time. ...Read more

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What happens when you tear your rotator cuff?

What happens when you tear your rotator cuff?

Functional loss: The rotator cuff typically tears at the insertion where it attaches to the humerus bone (ball part of the ball and socket). Since it stabilizes the shoulder, a tear doesn't allow the large muscles of the shoulder (deltoids) to function correctly and indirectly causes weakness and pain. A rotator cuff tear does not heal itself and usually requires surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm grinding my rotator cuff?

How can I tell if i'm grinding my rotator cuff?

Pain & stiffness : In the shoulder joint, certain movement bother more than other, like scratching your back, reaching above your head all symptoms increase with activity and over head work. ...Read more

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What exercises strengthen the rotator cuff area?

What exercises strengthen the rotator cuff area?

There are several: The rotator cuff is a series of four muscle tendon units working on the ball portion of the shoulder. The rotator cuff works hand in hand with the shoulder blade or scapular muscles.

You do not need a lot of resistance working these muscles. You can use the rubber bands, light dumbells (reps of 15) or cables at the gym. Also focus on your core by bringing "belly button to spine.". ...Read more

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How common are rotator cuff tears in nonathletes?

Common: It is fairly common to get a rotator cuff tear. Some tears are clearly from injury, but there can also be an arthritic impingement of the rotator cuff that can lead to a rotator cuff tear in the older population as well. ...Read more

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What does a substantial tear in rotator cuff mean?

Need more informatio: Is this in an MRI report? What context was it used? Generally speaking, tears are either partial thickness or complete. Substantial may be referring to the degree of "partial" tear or possibly, the number of tendons involved. I would need more information. ...Read more

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How long does a spraighned rotator cuff take to heal?

How long does a spraighned rotator cuff take to heal?

1-2 months: If symptoms are not significantly improved within 1 month, usually an MRI should be considered to rule out significant tearing that might need surgery. Strains and partial thickness injuries with therapy should improve within 1-2 months. Therapy is critical to restrengthen the shoulder to prevent re-injury and improve function. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff?

Cuff: The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm from your side (abduction). ...Read more

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I am having my rotator cuff repaired. What is recovery like?

I am having my rotator cuff repaired. What is recovery like?

Little hard: It take about 8-16 weeks some people experience a lot of pain in the early stage up to 3 weeks and the initial period of physical therapy. ...Read more

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If I had a tear in my rotator cuff, where would the pain be?

If I had a tear in my rotator cuff, where would the pain be?

From neck to elbow: Rotator cuff pain is usually located in the shoulder, especially the deltoid muscle. The pain can be felt anywhere from the neck to the elbow. Rotator cuff tears are usually more painful at night and with activities involving shoulder motion. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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

Combination: If no pain can work on internal and external rotation exercises with a band. Also can do scapular retraction exercises. When those are easy can advance to some flexion and abduction exercises with light resistance. ...Read more

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What can I do if my rotator cuff hurts again what should I do?

Try your exercises: I would consider trying the rotator cuff strengthening x-rays and if these are painful i would see your shoulder specialist. Thank you. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you tear your rotator cuff what happens?

I wanted to know when you tear your rotator cuff what happens?

Depends: It really depends on the size and pattern of tear and the cause. Alot of tears are degenerative and age related. Most patients with these will present with pain with overhead motion. Don't necessarily lose ability to lift arm. Large sudden traumatic tears following a fall are often times associated with severe pain and weakness with lateral arm raise or unable to lift arm at all. ...Read more

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What exercise can you do to strengthen your rotator cuff area?

Rotator cuff: Rehab exercises can easily be found with a google search. There are many good ones: rotator cuff rehab exercises. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective rotator cuff exercises?

Can you please recommend some effective rotator cuff exercises?

Rotator cuff: In general, the rotator cuff aids in 5 movements: forward flexion, abduction, extension, internal rotation, external rotation. Resist each of these movements with bands or weights or pulleys for a thorough work out of the rotator cuff. Isometrics (resistance without movement) can also be of benefit. ...Read more

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What symptoms would i possess if my rotator cuff was torn/damaged ?

What symptoms would i possess if my rotator cuff was torn/damaged ?

Pain and weakness: Pain in the area between the shoulder and elbow. Night pain. Pain lifting items in front of the body. Weakness with lifting. These are the most common symptoms. Thank you. ...Read more

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How can a rotator cuff be treated at home? Is there anything I can do?

Variable: Anti inflammatory medication, ice, gentle motion and rotator cuff strengthening exercises. If it is not improving see your md. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff?

Exercises: Do a google search for "rotator cuff exercises" and select images and you'll see many pages of exercises. In general terms, you'll want to work on external/internal rotation as well as flexion/extension and abduction of the shoulder. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is the best time to do rotator cuff excercises?

Can you tell me exactly when is the best time to do rotator cuff excercises?

All the time: I typically tell patients that once a day for 10 minutes is usually sufficient to maintain the benefits! the more you do, the strong you will become. Remember high repetition and low weight is the key. Thank you! ...Read more

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