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Can a full thickness rotator cuff tear cause neck pain?

Can a full thickness rotator cuff tear cause neck pain?

Rotator cuff tear: Usually the shoulder pain will cause muscle spasms in the trapezius muscle which is attached to the shoulder, cervical spine and the bottom of the skull and hence the pain may be felt in the neck as well as headaches. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Can shoulder pain (rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Can shoulder pain (rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Yes.: When your shoulder is injured, the neck muscles "work overtime" to help protect the shoulder, thus, the neck pain. ...Read more

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I've been having severe neck pain. MRI of my neck was normal. MRI of shoulder showed a tear in the rotator cuff. Is this common cause of neck pain?

Overlapping symptoms: It turns out that the symptoms of neck and shoulder conditions overlap at least 50%. Paragraph raising the arm over the head and placing it on top of the skull will often relieve nerve type pain and make shoulder conditions feel worse.

If the MRI was negative but the shoulder has a rotator cuff tear, make the distinction between a complete tear and partial. ...Read more

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Cause of unilateral edema from possible rotator cuff tear.; edema to neck, arm to hand and LLE 2+pitting. CRP always elevated, + ANA normalforedema?

Cause of unilateral edema from possible rotator cuff tear.; edema to neck, arm to hand and LLE 2+pitting. CRP always elevated, + ANA normalforedema?

Clot considered: Even though blood clots in the arm are not very common, swelling of the arm, especially from the upper arm to the hand raises the suspicion for a blood clot. Lymphedema is possible as well. Rotator cuff problems typically do not cause widespread swelling. The edema is not often visible to the naked eye and remains around the tendon. It's time to see a doc very soon, preferably in the next 24 hours ...Read more

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Is it possible for a torn rotator cuff cause neck pain and headaches?

Is it possible for a torn rotator cuff cause neck pain and headaches?

Yes: There is some overlap with regard to cervical nerve roots in this pain distribution. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

No: However one can have both problems at the same time. Carpal tunnal can on occasionj cause shoulder pain, carpal tunnel may alter mechanics in the way the hand and arm are used and a rotator cuff tear that is present becomes more symptomatic. A rotator cuff tear may also give pain down the arm and a unstable shoulder may give tingling in the hand the seems like carpal tunnel. These are not causes! ...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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Will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm. Having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

Will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm. Having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

Yes: You are describing some of the symptoms of rotator cuff tear. It will be easier to repair if it is only partial. The rehab afterwards is very important to restoring function so listen to the instructions and follow them as long as you are told to for best results. ...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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How could a rotator cuff tear be caused in baseball?

How could a rotator cuff tear be caused in baseball?

Very Common: Rotator cuff injuries are most frequently seen in the sport of baseball. The reason is that all positions involve throwing, with the pitcher and catcher doing the most. The overhead throwing motion can cause rubbing of the tendon on the acromion bone. This is increased with weakness or fatique of the muscle. Progressive strengthening and conditioning is critical. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of a rotator cuff tear in a baseball pitcher?

Force: The act of throwing a baseball imposes a tremendous amount of force thru our rotator cuff in a short period of time. Improper mechanics and the shear nature of time can result in gradual failure of the tendon. The greg maddux's and jamie moyers of the world are few and far between for a reason. ...Read more

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I have shoulder pain that has gotten worse in the last 6 months and a feel a deep bruise in my outer upper biceps area could this be caused from a rotator cuff tear?

I have shoulder pain that has gotten worse in the last 6 months and a feel a deep bruise in my outer upper biceps area could this be caused from a rotator cuff tear?

Could be: There are 4 muscles in the rotator cuff, and depending on which one has a tear, pain could be in various place.
Pain in the biceps could also be from subacromial bursitis. The bicipital tendon goes into the capsule there, and bicipital tendinitis often goes along with bursitis. Bicipital tendinitis can radiate down into the muscle. ...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

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How can you tell if my rotator cuff tear is severe or not?

Imaging: Best answer is through evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon. Commonly imaging with an MRI or ultrasound can quantify the location, severity, and size of the tear. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tear surgery, how does it recover?

Rotator cuff tear surgery, how does it recover?

6 months.: Our protocol calls for 3 weeks in a sling, then we initiate physical therapy. Our patients participate in physical therapy for about 4-6 months before being released to all activities. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a possible rotator cuff tear or impingement?

How to tell if I have a possible rotator cuff tear or impingement?

Shoulder Specialist: Extrinsic impingement or the idea that a bone spur wears the rotator cuff away is currently thought to not be accurate. Learn more about this topic here:
http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/shoulderpain/2013/shoulder-surgery/spur-acromioplasty-impingement/. ...Read more

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What anti-inflammatories would you prescribe for a rotator cuff tear?

What anti-inflammatories would you prescribe for a rotator cuff tear?

See Orthopaedist: (S)he will prescribe something for your pain and tell you if you need a surgical repair, physical therapy or merely rest. ...Read more

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Does a rotator cuff tear prevent you from lifting the arm up high?

Does a rotator cuff tear prevent you from lifting the arm up high?

Yes.: The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that function to lift the arm above the shoulder and help to externally and internally rotate the arm. One way of testing the rotator cuff is to hold the arm out and see if it falls. It's called the drop arm test and helps to ascertain the integrity of the muscles. ...Read more

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What does rotator cuff tear pain typically feel like at rest, say while sitting down with arm not doing anything?

What does rotator cuff tear pain typically feel like at rest, say while sitting down with arm not doing anything?

Differs: Some people won't have pain @ their side, some do. Most have pain w/ their arm in overhead positions and pain @ night. Pain is described as " toothache", throbbing pain when pts do have it @ rest. Usually the pain radiates to the lateral upper arm (deltoid).... ...Read more

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Partial rotator cuff tear can be healed without surgery? .I have been doing rehab and icing it for last 2 months. Pain is gone but swelling remains

One option: Have you considered asking your physician about adding acupuncture to your current treatment regimen? It can help reduce inflammation & swelling as increasing range of motion. ...Read more

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Pls advise which drugs can be used for a rotator cuff tear which does not require surgery. Pain is moderate but ongoing, have full movement/strength?

Pls advise which drugs can be used for a rotator cuff tear which does not require surgery. Pain is moderate but ongoing, have full movement/strength?

Nsaids?: I'm not sure what you mean by a rotator cuff tear that doesn't require surgery.
But at age 74, I would certainly try to decrease your
pain and swelling with some nsaid medications
Then I'd work on improving your range of motion and
shoulder strength with specific rotator cuff exercises ...Read more

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Full rotator cuff tear has bruising, what is wrong?

Biceps tendon?: If you have been diagnosed w/ a full-thickness rotator cuff tear by your orthopedic surgeon and have bruising now;esp. In your upper front of your arm u may have ruptured your biceps tendon. (long head) from your shoulder. At your relatively young age this would be uncommon though. See your md. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a rotator cuff tear?

3-12 months: By 3 months you should be doing most activities normally. Full healing and remodeling of the cuff tissue takes a full yr. ...Read more

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What are common signs of a rotator cuff tear or injury?

What are common signs of a rotator cuff tear or injury?

Pain.: Pain radiating into the upper part of the arm, night pain, and an inability, or difficulty, raising your arm overhead. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff tear?

Rotator cuff tear: There are 4 muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff giving the shoulder lifting and rotational strength as well as contributing to stability of the shoulder joint. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Definition)

Your 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 an injury to the rotator cuff, patients have pain with discrete shoulder ...Read more


Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more