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Cardio Training For People With Rotator Cuff Injuries
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
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
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
See below: Symptoms vary with severity, but usually pain when you try to use the arm, particularly elevating the arm to reach out for something, difficulty lying on that side at night, pain radiates to the side of the upper arm. With a severe rotator cuff tear you may not be able to lift the arm above shoulder level due to a complete tear. Weakness of certain muscles called external rotator muscles as well. ...Read more
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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!!!!
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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
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
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
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
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).
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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
See below: Often times, if there is injury in the rotator cuff muscles there is also can be a lot of inflammation of the bursas (fluid sacs) in the shoulder. This can cause the capsule of the shoulder to get sticky and bound down and can also do the same to the tendons. If a person with rtc injury avoids movement because of pain, they often develops stiffness called adhesive capsulitis. ...Read more
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
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
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
Semi-reclined.: Semi-reclined, on your back, seems to be the most comfortable. ...Read more
It has been three years since a rotator cuff injury, and sudden sharp pains occur when exercising. Do I require surgery?
My boyfriends shoulders hurt all the time, we were thinking its a rotator cuff injury, but its in both shoulders, what could this be?
Shoulder pain: Rotator cuff injuries with a young man can generally be traced back to a trauma that initiated the pain. Rotator cuff injuries generally do not cause constant pain, but typically pain with overhead activities, reaching, and pain at night. Other causes to the pain should be considered, including nerve related pain, especially, constant pain that is occuring in both extremities. ...Read more
Good day, I have a rotator cuff injury, how do I do the procedure to get it operated so my medical aid pays for it, I currently only have a key care h?
Scheme exclusion: Unfortunately elective shoulder surgeries is a scheme exclusion for Keycare Core. Can discuss with your broker. ...Read more
Unlikely: Rotator cuff ' injuries' usually result in pain@ night and referred pain to the deltoid (mid- upper arm). Pts. W/ rot. Cuff tears for some time can have pain/ spasms in their neck (trapezius usually) because of their difficulty elevating their arm normally and their resultant use of their scapula to ' help'raise their shoulder. '.Tingling'in fingers is rare w/ rc injuries. (cts, rad. Pain >common). ...Read more
See below: A rotator cuff injury is a muscle injury to one or more of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff: supraspinatus (more often injured of the four), infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Other injuries can occur with rotator cuff injuries and nerve injuries to the brachial plexus are possible along with clavicle fractures, ac separations, subluxations hand other shoulder injuries. ...Read more