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Do Torn Rotator Cuffs Heal
It can heal: You can use heat to try to help the body heal the tear. You need exercise so you will not develop a contracture. Would have your physician send you for physical therapy to maintain your range of motion. If it's a complete tear you would be unable to move your arm through much of an arc and then you may need surgery. Many smaller tears can heal on their own. You can use NSAIDS to for the pain ...Read more
If you have a tear, you may lose some
motion and strength.
Also you may have some pain especially with
overhead activities and external rotation of
Obviously, if it is your nondominant arm a mild decrease in motion or strength will probably not prevent you from performing
routine activities. ...Read more
Usually not: If it is a full thickness tear then it will not heal on its own. ...Read more
I have had a torn labrum and rotator cuff in my left shoulder for over a year now, will it heal on its own? My dr refuses to give me a referral
It will not heal: A labral tear and a rotator cuff tear will not heal on their own. Sometimes, though, even though something (like an mri) says there is a tear, it may not be the full source of the pain. I would recommend an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. If you cannot get a referral call some offices and see what an evaluation would cost. You may want to do it that way. ...Read more
What symptoms would a torn rotator cuff vs sprain RC? And can RC injury heal without surgery? If so how long would a sprain RC take to heal?? Thanks!!
Pain with Abduction: A full thickness rotator cuff tear can cause considerable weakness and pain especially with movement in the and of motion controlled most by the rotator cuff tendon that is injured. The top tendon. Supraspinatus, would cause symptoms when trying to lift arm from side of body. A mere sprain would be less painful with minimal weakness. A mild sprain could take upwards of 6 weeks to improve. ...Read more
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
No: Rotator cuff tears do not have the ability to heal on their own. Even if we repair the tendon surgically, the repair is never exactly the way it was before injury. It can work very well but under a microscope you would see that the tendon bone interface is different then the "normal" rotator cuff. Thanks! ...Read more
Rotator Cuff: Depends on the size and thickness. Partial thickness tears can heal if they are less than 50% of the thickness of the tendon. Full thickness (complete) tears generally will not heal on their own and will often enlarge with time. ...Read more
1-2 months: If symptoms are not significantly improved within 1 month, usually an MRI should be considered to rule out significant tearing that might need surgery. Strains and partial thickness injuries with therapy should improve within 1-2 months. Therapy is critical to restrengthen the shoulder to prevent re-injury and improve function. ...Read more
Pain and weakness: Pain in the area between the shoulder and elbow. Night pain. Pain lifting items in front of the body. Weakness with lifting. These are the most common symptoms. Thank you. ...Read more
Yes: It is rarely an emergency.Get a more detailed answer ›
What do you suggest if my right rotator cuff is either torn or stretched and the pain is incredible. My question is: how do I explain this pain to my wife?
??: Rotator cuff impingement ("bursitis") or frank rotator cuff tears can be quite painful especially w/overhead and 'away from the body' motions of your upper extremity. Pain @ night while sleeping on the affected side is typical. A diagnostic subacromial injection can confirm a RC etiology simply though not the severity. My suggestion is to bring your wife to the ORS w/ you! Good Luck! ...Read more
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
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
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
Shoulder dysfunction: Typically patients with significant rotator cuff tears complain of shoulder pain with range of motion or at night time. Patients may also have a loss of shoulder strength and overall motion. With a full thickness rotator cuff tear that remains untreated, a patient may ultimately develop shoulder arthritis ...Read more
6-12 wks if healable: Minor or partial rotator cuff tears are usually allowed to heal via nonoperative means initially. Physical therpay, appropriate rest, then strengthening or titrated to the needs of each patient and their particular cuff tear. I healing does not work by 6-12 weeks, the tear may well need surgical intervention. ...Read more
Pain: Pain is the most common complaint typically activity related and worse with resistance. Pain such as lifting a jug of milk with your arm extended forward. Night pain also worrisome. Weakness is typically only noted with larger tears as smaller tears can have relatively normal strength. Unlikely in patients under 40 without injury. Agree, are age related with 80% odds by time turn 80. ...Read more
Pain: Rotator cuff tear pain typically is worse w/ overhead activities and at night. Sleeping on the affected side is difficult. Commonly the pain is referred to the outside of the upper arm (deltoid). Catching and' popping' may occur w/ certain motions of the arm. Pain and weakness w/ initiation of movement away from the arm is typical (abduction).Rotator cuff tears do not heal (generally). Gl! ...Read more
Pain: Pain, loss of motion, weaknessGet a more detailed answer ›
Rotator cuff tears: Are common in people older than 50 -60. If you have a history of trauma, Weakness in your shoulder and pain, especially night pain then odds are you have a rotator cuff tear. Evaluation by an orthopedist or sports medicine doc will confirm the diagnosis typically by exam and MRI. Surgery is the primary treatment of Rotator Cuff tears. ...Read more
Pain and weakness: A rotator cuff tear (rct) usually presents with pain and weakness although weakness may not be present with a small tear or with compensation from surrounding muscles. Also, weakness may be secondary to less than full effort during exam bc of the pain. Need to see an orthopedist to evaluate. ...Read more
Yes but: If up in age (70-and up) and is not your dominant arm I will not do it, some people could have good use of the arm even they have tear. Good luck. ...Read more
The average time to full recovery is really about 12 months. It takes 12 weeks for the tendon to scar down and realistically another 6-9 months to regain the strength. Most people with small to medium tears are doing well at 6 months but I often caution to avoid overhead weight and excessive lifting for the first year out from surgery.
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