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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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

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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Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

Elbow bent in brace: Assuming you had an arthroscopic repair, a significant amount of fluid passes through the shoulder, and some moves in to the surrounding soft tissues creating the look of a big swollen shoulder. The mechanical effect of this fluid pressure together with the fact that the elbow is held flexed in a brace create a situation of lower than usual venous outflow manifesting clinically as a swollen hand. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my hand from my rotator cuff surgery, is there anything I can do in terms of drainage?

I have swelling in my hand from my rotator cuff surgery, is there anything I can do in terms of drainage?

Move fingers: After rotator cuff surgery the arm and hand can swell. Keeping the elbow hand and fingers moving will help with the drainage. If it doesnt help you can see your doctor or therapist about a compression glove. ...Read more

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My 70 yr old husband, who has a totally destroyed rotator cuff on the rt shoulder has developed swelling over the coracoid process . Treatment?

My 70 yr old husband, who has a totally destroyed rotator cuff on the rt shoulder has developed swelling over the coracoid process .  Treatment?

Find the cause: The first goal is to discover the cause of the swelling. Possibilities include tendonitis of the short head of the biceps, a cyst, subscapularis bursitis, etc. Once a cause is found or suspected, then treatment may be rendered. ...Read more

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Why would my hand be swelling, fingers stiff and severe pain in my hand after rotator cuff surgery?

Post surgery care: You need to report this extremity swelling to your surgery team. In the recovery period, set backs and problems need to be evaluated to avoid serious problems. An ultrasound of your arm will rule out a DVT as the cause of swelling. If you do have a surgery related dvt, then early diagnosis and treatment is a benefit. ...Read more

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Symptoms: acute and now constant shoulder pain which lead to swelling in my hand, discolouration and weakness. Could this be a rotator cuff injury?

Symptoms: acute and now constant shoulder pain which lead to swelling in my hand, discolouration and weakness.  Could this be a rotator cuff injury?

Maybe: The description of your symptoms is not a common presentation for a rotator cuff problem. The first thing that comes to my mind with this description is a vascular issue. I think of things like upper extremity deep venous thrombosis and thoracic outlet syndrome. I would have this issue evaluated by a primary care provider soon. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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