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Getting out from rotator cuff & tendonitis, is it normal to feel some discomfort on upper arm, like burning specially when it is cold around 60's? Ty

Getting out from rotator cuff & tendonitis, is it normal to feel some discomfort on upper arm, like burning specially when it is cold around 60's? Ty

Yes: Rotator cuff pain usually causes a referred pattern down onto the lateral arm. If it went farther than that, for instance into the hand; then you may have a pinched nerve in your neck. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I injured my shoulder rotator cuff 3 or more years ago and now I'm getting some mild stiffness and severe burning pain. What do you think?

I injured my shoulder rotator cuff 3 or more years ago and now I'm getting some mild stiffness and severe burning pain. What do you think?

Hard to say: Many potential causes, I would encourage you to be seen. Most common causes would be a recurrent rotator cuff problem or a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the neck). An exam and appropriate studies can likely reveal the cause. Consider being seen. ...Read more

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I take 1200 mg/day of gabapentin for neuropathic burning shoulder pain that also has pain from rotator cuff pain. But it still burns. Any advice?

I take 1200 mg/day of gabapentin for neuropathic burning shoulder pain that also has pain from rotator cuff pain. But it still burns. Any advice?

Increase or switch: Gabapentin 1200mg three times a day
there are othe rpharmacologic options for neuropathic pain, including lyrica, (pregabalin) tegretal and elavil. Other options exist which you can discuss with your physician.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm getting physical therapy for my rotator cuff surgery but now I have a burning pain in front of my shoulder. Did they over stretch?

I'm getting physical therapy for my rotator cuff surgery but now I have a burning pain in front of my shoulder. Did they over stretch?

Likely just muscle.: Physical therapy for rotator cuff is a mainstay of therapy for this. With stretching and exercise the other muscles and tendons of the shoulder joint will become strengthened and stretched. These muscles are likely not used to this at this point and so will become sore and burn as Lactic Acid builds up in them. The best thing to do is to keep up with the pt. ...Read more

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I had rotator cuff surgery 7 weeks ago. Should be feeling this sharp pain in outer bicep?

Can be normal: It is normal to still have some sharp pains 7 weeks after rotator cuff surgery. Pain in the outer biceps is likely referred pain from the shoulder that is radiating to the biceps. I let patients know that this should subside to a dull ache by 3 months after the surgery. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tendonitis with possible tear had steroid shot thurs lifted with help 200 lb dog was feeling better hurts worse call doc or tough out?

Rotator cuff tendonitis with possible tear had steroid shot thurs lifted with help 200 lb dog was feeling better hurts worse call doc or tough out?

See doctor: At this time, I would want more info as to whether you have a tear or not. Activity modification is important as is therapy. If you have not had an MRI of your shoulder I would consider getting this to give you an idea of whether surgery is a consideration. Thank you. ...Read more

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After arthroscopic surgery on rotator cuff is it normal to have severe pain in the elbow and stabbing feeling in hand?

After arthroscopic surgery on rotator cuff is it normal to have severe pain in the elbow and stabbing feeling in hand?

Post op pain: No, but is is unlikely do to the surgery itself. Is it the forth and fifth fingers? If so I would highly suspect a ulnar neuropathy. This nerve is located where we call the funny bone. It can cause pain in the elbow and hand. Ask your orthopedist to evaluate. ...Read more

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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.??

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

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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 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 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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What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff?

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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Torn rotator cuff?

Torn rotator cuff?

Rotator cuff repair: There are probably too many factors to consider here. At your age, the chances if having a full rotator cuff tear is less common, but if it has occurred, we would recommend an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. A rotator cuff typically tears at the tendon close to where it meets the bone, and cannot heal on its own. Certainly you should be seen by a specialist and evaluated fully! ...Read more

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What is rotator cuff pathology?

What is rotator cuff pathology?

Rotator cuff: Pathology indicates an abnormality which in the rotator cuff usually indicates a spectrum. First there is inflammation of the bursa and tendons of the rotator cuff, this leads into partial tearing of a percentage of some of the tendon fibres. Which if they don't heal weakens the remaining tendon structure which then further tears until complete separation occurs. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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Can you tell me about a torn rotator cuff?

Can you tell me about a torn rotator cuff?

4-7th decade- common: Not all tears of the rotator cuff need to be fixed. Symptomatic complete tears that do not respond to physical therapy often get repaired. Physical therapy, nsaids, subacromial space injections, rest, ice, and physical therapy can all help the injured cuff recover without surgical intervention, often times. ...Read more

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How to repair a pinched rotator cuff nerve?

Nerve or muscle?: Rotator cuff problems include, inflammation, pressure, weakness, or damage to the tendons that constitute the rotator cuff. Conservative care w/anti-inflammatories, ice, and physical therapy. Sometimes surgery is necessary to repair a torn tendon or release pressure on the tendon. Surgery can also be helpful to release pressure on pinched nerves that supply cuff. An orthopaedic surgeon can help. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

Weakness: Not all rotator cuff tears have the same symptoms. Some tears prevent the shoulder from being stable enough to raise the arm up, causing weakness. Other tears cause enough pain to prevent specific motions. Other rotator cuff tears have stabilized in a way that there are very few symptoms and the patient never even knows there is a tear. The diagnosis needs to be individualized with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

Pain at night: Shoulder pain associated with limited range of motion or ability to lift arm above the head or away from the side are characteristic. Also, night pain that keeps you up. You may find yourself sleeping in the upright position to alleviate the discomfort. ...Read more

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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