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How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often consists of NSAIDS, injection, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails or if an acute traumatic tear, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Physical examination and imaging (MRI) are needed ...Read more

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Critical Injury (Definition)

A critical injury (life-threatening injury) is a condition in which a person has a severe injury that has caused or can cause death, paralysis, or major disability. Examples include gunshot wounds to the head, chest, or abdomen; knife wounds to any major artery, chest, or abdomen; large burns; severed limbs; multiple fractures ...Read more


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How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

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. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

It depend: What kind injury, if minor inflammations it is not, if you have a tear in it is need surgery. ...Read more

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How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

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. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

Good Question: We need a better understanding of your true diagnosis first. Do you have a strain/sprain without tear, a minor partial tear, a structural partial tear, or a full thickness tear? Each has a different prognosis and treatment. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

How to tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Let me explain: Pain in the shoulder and the upper arm, limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder in certain directions and sometime weakness of the arm. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
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See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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How can I avoid a repeat rotator cuff injury?

How can I avoid a repeat  rotator cuff injury?

Be smart & lucky: While there are some variables that you have the ability to control (such as how you lift, what activities you participate in, etc), there are some variables that you cannot easily control. This includes normal aging of the tendon and genetics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

How can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Depends on symptoms: Without an injury rotator cuff tears are not common in people under 40 but if you are having pain at night that is bad enough to keep you awake or wake you up, then maybe yes. If you are unable to raise your arm straight over your head (same as other side) then maybe yes. Hard to make any sweeping blanket statements, but hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a rotator cuff injury/tear?

How to know if I have a rotator cuff injury/tear?

MRI.: You're most likely going to need an MRI. See a sports medicine specialist who focuses on shoulders, who can determine if you need one. ...Read more

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How long would a rotator cuff injury take to heal?

How long would a rotator cuff injury take to heal?

6-12 wks if healable: Minor or partial rotator cuff tears are usually allowed to heal via nonoperative means initially. Physical therpay, appropriate rest, then strengthening or titrated to the needs of each patient and their particular cuff tear. I healing does not work by 6-12 weeks, the tear may well need surgical intervention. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for over rotator cuff injury?

What is the recovery time for over rotator cuff injury?

It depend: If you inflammation of the rotator cuff the treatment by using anti-inflammatory medication could in form tablets or injection in the shoulder area, it take about 3-4 weeks. If you have tear of the cuff and the tear is complete you need surgery for that.If surgery was done it take 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

Pain with activity: Mild rotator cuff injuries are associated with inflammation without structural damage. Most of the symptoms occur during shoulder activities, such as reaching, lifting and throwing. As symptoms progress, the shoulder becomes painful at rest and even at night. Ice, activity modification and nsaid's are early treatments. Physical therapy and oral/injectable steroids are used in severe cases. ...Read more

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Which symptoms would be suspicious for a rotator cuff injury?

Pain and weakness: Most patients with a rotator cuff tear have pain throughout the shoulder region which can be quite severe at night. You may have mild stiffness, but significant stiffness suggests other problems. Your pain most likely will be made worse with overhead activities and lifting objects. You may experience weakness with similar activities. It is best to see a doctor to get it checked out. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Rotator cuff injury?

What is the definition or description of: Rotator cuff injury?

Shoulder pain & weak: The rotator cuff muscles are the fine motor control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space. With injury to the rotator cuff, patients have pain with discrete shoulder function and often weakness. ...Read more

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Why is it recommended to stop overhead activities while treating a rotator cuff injury?

 Why is it recommended to stop overhead activities while treating a rotator cuff injury?

One of the: major tendons injured (torn) in a RTC (Rotator Cuff) injury is the SUPRASPINATUS which is the majot muscle/tendon complex responsible for LIFTING YOUR ARM OVERHEAD....thus RESTING IT is a necessary part of the REHABILITATION from a RTC injury!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Do rotator cuff injuries heal naturally?

Rotator Cuff injury: Rotator cuff tears are either partial or full thickness. If the tear is not painful and there is not significant weakness then no surgery needs to be done. Rotator cuff tears do not usually heal naturally. You can get some scarring back down, but that is not predictable. Patients not electing for surgery usually recover with pt, but that is more for partial tears. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rotator cuff injuries?

MRI.: Usually, we will get xrays first, to get an idea of the bony architecture of the shoulder, look for arthritis, and, any evidence of rotator cuff tear. But the MRI is more definitive. ...Read more

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What do they do to fix rotator cuff injuries?

Rotator cuff: The rotator cuff tendon is repaired back to the bone where it tore away from. This can be done with arthroscopic surgery and suture anchors. ...Read more

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Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

Yes: A strain of the rotator cuff usually heals in 6-8 weeks. Rotator cuff tears in general do not heal unless surgically repaired. Surgical treatment is generally done arthroscopically (using a small camera). Most patients (90%) have improvement and are satisfied with surgery. Healing of the tendon after surgical repair is dependent on the size and type of tear as well how old the tear is. ...Read more

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What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

Attach cuff to bone.: A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone. For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopically with suture anchors. The anchors have sutures inside and are placed into the bone. The sutures are placed within the torn rotator cuff and tied down to the bone. The cuff is protected for 6 wks before therapy begins, 3-6 months for recovery. ...Read more

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Should I use gauze for my minor rotator cuff injury?

No : Ice usually works well for a rotator cuff strain. If pain persists you should see an orthopedist who will probably prescribe a short course of physical therapy. ...Read more

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How long for my shoulder rotator cuff injury to heal?

How long for my shoulder rotator cuff injury to heal?

Severity dictates: Not all rotator cuff injuries are the same. Important variables that determine time to healing include: size, location and extent of the cuff injury along with the overall health of the injured patient. History of injury, examination findings, and imaging studies (x-ray & mri) allow your treating physician to make a reasonably accurate estimation regarding time to healing with or without surgery. ...Read more

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What causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury?

Frozen Shoulder?: Stiffness by itself is not diagnostic of a rotator cuff tear but rather a frozen or stiff shoulder. Any sort of shoulder injury or trauma can initiate the process of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/frozen-shoulder.Htm. ...Read more

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What is the best way to rehab from a rotator cuff injury?

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. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the stiffness in a rotator cuff injury?

Rotator cuff injury: Any injury causes a non-specific inflammation response in surrounding tissues. The rotator cuff tendons surround the shoulder joint, which is close to the shoulder capsule. When the capsule becomes painful/inflamed, it hurts to move, and the shoulder tends to stiffen. Keep the arm moving to prevent frozen shoulder, and see a shoulder specialist for additional recommendations. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend to help with rotator cuff injury?

What would doctors recommend to help with rotator cuff injury?

Anti-inflammatories.: Anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy may be indicated. See an orthopedic shoulder specialist, who can determine the best treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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What exactly leads to the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury?

Pain, loss of motion: Will both cause stiffness. As movements of the shoulder hurt, while not moving it ( and resting it) would mean less pain but it'll result in stiffness. ...Read more

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How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

Many factors: Several factors play a part in the decision to proceed with surgery including the severity of symptoms, accurate physical exam by an orthopedic surgeon, size of the tear on mri, failed nonsurgical treatments, activity level and health of each individual patient. All of the above should be taken into consideration before surgery is planned. ...Read more

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How can a mild rotator cuff injury 2 years old best be treated?

Therapy: If symptoms are minimal, i would consider a therapy problem to work on rotator cuff strengthening and periscapular strengthening . That last part just means strengthening the muscles around the shoulder blade. Do this routine daily and it should keep you going. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have a weird rotator cuff injury. Is it necessary to get surgery?

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. ...Read more

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With a rotator cuff injury can I still continue heavy lifting at work?

Maybe.: If its just a strain to the rotator cuff, you should be able to lift up to waist level fairly comfortably, but overhead lifting may be very difficult. ...Read more

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I have a rotator cuff injury in back of the neck, is it okay for me to still work out?

I have a rotator cuff injury in back of the neck, is it okay for me to still work out?

Yes.: You should be able to work out, but you should see an Athletic Trainer or Physical therapist, to receive the correct exercises. ...Read more

Life Threatening Injury (Definition)

A life-threatening injury (critical injury) is a condition in which a person has a severe injury that has caused or can cause death, paralysis, or major disability. Examples include gunshot wounds to the head, chest, or abdomen; knife wounds to any major artery, chest, or abdomen; large burns; severed limbs; multiple fractures ...Read more


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Motorcycle Injury (Definition)

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