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I've torn my rotator cuff, is there anything I can do to ease the pain and help it heal?

I've torn my rotator cuff, is there anything I can do to ease the pain and help it 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

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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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What happen if a torn rotator cuff does not heal back right

What happen if a torn rotator cuff does not heal back right

Pain, weakness: 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
the shoulder.
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

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Can a torn rotator cuff heal all by itself without having surgery?

Can a torn rotator cuff heal all by itself without having surgery?

Usually not: If it is a full thickness tear then it will not heal on its own. ...Read more

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Can a torn or injured rotator cuff heal on its own? Will rom exercises help or cause more harm?

Can a torn or injured rotator cuff heal on its own? Will rom exercises help or cause more harm?

See below: Range of motion exercises. Will not cause harm and is a good thing
you certainly want to avoid a frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis
small tears can be treated conservatively without surgery. ...Read more

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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

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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!!

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

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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

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Can rotator cuffs heal completely?

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

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Can a tear heal on its own in a rotator cuff?

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

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How long does a spraighned rotator cuff take to heal?

How long does a spraighned rotator cuff take to heal?

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

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What symptoms would I possess if my rotator cuff was torn/damaged?

What symptoms would I possess if my rotator cuff was torn/damaged?

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

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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?

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

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Torn rotator cuff?

Torn rotator cuff?

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

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Can you tell me about a torn rotator cuff?

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

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What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

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

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What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff?

Pain at night: Shoulder pain associated with limited range of motion or ability to lift arm above the head or away from the side are characteristic. Also, night pain that keeps you up. You may find yourself sleeping in the upright position to alleviate the discomfort. ...Read more

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What problems can arise from a torn rotator cuff?

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

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How long would a rotator cuff injury take to heal?

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

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What happens to a torn rotator cuff left untreated?

Sometimes: It heals on its own, sometimes it does not. Recommend continuing physical therapy to keep strength up nonetheless. If you are not improving than maybe platelet or stem cell therapy can be used to heal tissues. Check out Regenexx. Com ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a torn rotator cuff?

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

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Please explain what does a torn rotator cuff feel like?

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

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Can you tell me how I can know if I have torn rotator cuff?

Can you tell me how I can know if I have torn rotator cuff?

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

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What problems can a torn rotator cuff cause (besides pain)?

What problems can a torn rotator cuff cause (besides pain)?

Motion, strength....: Chief complaints of patients with significant rotator cuff tears include pain (with motion and at night), loss of strength, loss of motion, and with more time sometimes arthritis can develop (rotator cuff arthropathy). ...Read more

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Please answer! What problems does torn rotator cuff create?

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

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How can I tell if I have a sprained rotator cuff or a torn one?

Ultrasound: I have found an ultrasound performed in the office is a very effective diagnostic test to diagnose rotator cuff tear. An MRI is also very good, but has higher cost, and typically requires a scheduled appointment separate from the office visit. ...Read more

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Would you get your torn rotator cuff repaired if you needed to?

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

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How long will recovery take and could it be a torn rotator cuff?

12 months: 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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