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Doctor insights on: Can A Rotator Cuff Tear Cause Muscle Atrophy

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What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

Complicated: Thenar branch, median nerve (c8) is responsible for the innervation of the abductor pollicis brevis and opponens pollicis. The adductor pollicis is supplied by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve (c8-th1 to affect both, must be from an area where both nerves are in proximity. Disease/compression in the armpit or the neck would make sense. Investigate cervical spine and thoracic outlet syndrome. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see? Working with massage therapist now.

Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see?  Working with massage therapist now.

X ray: X ray may show hypertrophy of a-c joint. Mri will show if such arthritis has injured one of the 4 rotator ligaments. So any doctor that could prescribe those. ...Read more

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What are foods to avoid eating when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

What are foods to avoid eating when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

Good Question: I'm not aware of any studies or research looking at relationship of shoulder and rotator cuff symptoms and food. That said, for patients planning on a surgical procedure it does make sense to optimize your nutrition to promote healing. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle spasms?

What exactly causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle spasms?

Capsular tightness: A rotator cuff tear is usually painful and can spawn a cascade of undesirable events in the surrounding tissues. The muscles attached to the torn cuff tendon can become weak, atrophied and painful. The underlying shoulder capsule can become transiently stiff and noncompliant resulting in a debilitating loss of motion ("frozen shoulder"). Scar tissue/synovitis can accumulate and block motion too. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the problems from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle weakness or damage?

What exactly causes the problems from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle weakness or damage?

Both: The problems with a rotator cuff injury involve pain, swelling and limited motion. The treatment may involve ice, rest and nsaids. Sometimes a cortisone injection can be helpful. If the rotator cuff is totally torn, one might have limited motion. Then one might need surgical treatment for the problem. ...Read more

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What should you avoid to eat when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

What should you avoid to eat when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

Muscle tear: There are no specific studies showing that any one single nutrient would hurt or help for this injury. Maintain a well-balanced diet, making sure that you have adequate protein intake. ...Read more

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Will a rotator cuff tear cause tingling in hand?

Will a rotator cuff tear cause tingling in hand?

It can: If the swelling in the shoulder is enough to put pressure on the nerves to the hand. ...Read more

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Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Not usually: The shoulder is usually an 'innocent bystander' when it comes to neurologic problems such as numbness and weakness that is found beyond the shoulder in the arm and forearm. The more likely culprit for these complaints is actually nerve compression emanating from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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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