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

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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...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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Could rotator cuff sprain be permanent?

Could rotator cuff sprain be permanent?

? Sprain: If you have injured your rotator cuff over time or w/ one episode of trauma you may have 'strained' or irritated the rot cuff.These generally will get better w/time. If, however, you tore or partially tore the rot. Cuff this may not improve completely and may require surgery. A good exam and quality MRI scan can differentiate between the two. See an ors w/ specialty training in shoulder surg. Gl! ...Read more

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Does a rotator cuff sprain cause pitching velocity to decrease?

Does a rotator cuff sprain cause pitching velocity to decrease?

Shoulder pain: A strain of the rotator cuff can definately effect pitching velocity. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a shoulder rotator cuff sprain to recover?

It does not: A rotator cuff sprain is defined by a tear of the rotator cuff. Once a rotator cuff tears, the body is unable to heal the tear without a repair, in which to ends are brought back together. A rotator cuff strain is defined by an injury of the rotator cuff that may recover over 4-6 weeks once the initial injury calms down and muscle starts to function again. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a sprain of right rotator cuff capsule.I have not had an MRI yet. Something pops in then back out. What could that be ??

I have been diagnosed with a sprain of right rotator cuff capsule.I have not had an MRI yet. Something pops in then back out. What could that be ??

Likely torn rotator: It could be a torn portion of rotator cuff muscles/ligaments. It is possibly getting trapped in the joint space with movements and then getting released. MRIs are usually not needed for minor rotator cuff injuries. Physical therapy usually helps heal most of them. Also, sunshine around noon time for about 30 min/day or a good dose of vitamin D3 daily also helps to speed up the recovery ...Read more

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How can I help heal my rotator cuff sprain as soon as possible? It's been a month since I saw the doctor about it and it's not getting better.

How can I help heal my rotator cuff sprain as soon as possible? It's been a month since I saw the doctor about it and it's not getting better.

Physical therapy: Rotator cuff injuries (as long as they are not complete tears) usually respond well to physical therapy. If it is completely torn (full thickness) the ends will pull apart and arthroscopic surgery is usually required. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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What is the difference (symptoms wise) between a shoulder sprain and a rotator cuff tear?

What is the difference (symptoms wise) between a shoulder sprain and a rotator cuff tear?

Yes.: A shoulder sprain refers to a stretch or bruise to the ligaments that hold the shoulder together. A rotator cuff tear refers to a muscle that has been detached from its bony insertion. ...Read more

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Sharps pain at the very top of my shoulder, right by the collar bone. Did i sprain it or did i mess up my rotator cuff?

Sharps pain at the very top of my shoulder, right by the collar bone. Did i sprain it or did i mess up my rotator cuff?

May be AC joint pain: The ac joint is where your clavicle meets your acromion (see diagram) and may become arthritic and cause a painful lump on the top of your shoulder. Doing a quick google search to see if this fits with what you are seeing and feeling is reasonable. If this does not fit or you think you need treatment then you should see someone for an evaluation in person. ...Read more

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Did reformer pilates. Day after throb deltoid pain lft arm, inch or so below shoulder. Numbness in area? Could this be rotator cuff or just sprain?

Did reformer pilates.  Day after throb deltoid pain lft arm, inch or so below shoulder. Numbness in area?  Could this be rotator cuff or just sprain?

Nerve?: The pain can be from many possible sources. Deltoid area pain with numbness may signify involvement of the axillary nerve or possibly the c5 or c6 levels at your neck. Early frozen shoulder pain can also be felt laterally. Hopefully, this is just a deltoid strain from the workout and will resolve shortly, otherwise see your doctor. http://theshouldercenter.com/shoulder-pain.htm. ...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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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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Hoping you can tell me, is torn muscle or torn rotator cuff worse?

Hoping you can tell me, is torn muscle or torn rotator cuff worse?

Depends: Rotator cuff is a series of 4 muscle tendon unit attachements to the humeral head. Therefore they are also muscles. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a torn rotator cuff cause numbness in fingers?

No, neck more likely: A rotator cuff tear will cause weakness and localized pain in and around the shoulder. Cervical neck pain resulting from local nerve compression, however, can cause numbness down in to the fingers, as can any peripheral compression of the nerves along the pathway from the cervical spine along the nerve course to the fingers. ...Read more

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Extreme pain at rotator cuff, can't lift all the way up, sharp pain, hard to lift things, decreased ROM, how to tell tendonitis vs torn rotator cuff?

Extreme pain at rotator cuff, can't lift all the way up, sharp pain, hard to lift things, decreased ROM, how to tell tendonitis vs torn rotator cuff?

Examination: Question as to how to differentiate rotator cuff tear from tendinitis. Rotator cuff injury is a diagnosis made by MRI. Tendinitis Is suggested by point palpation arousing tenderness; associated with arousal of pain by applying passive resistance to vector of function of the tendon. ...Read more

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My physical therapist says she can only work on one body part at a time. Why?I have osteoarthritis, torn rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, ddd, and more.

My physical therapist says she can only work on one body part at a time. Why?I have osteoarthritis, torn rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, ddd, and more.

Varies: There is not a specific reason that you can not work on more than one body part, except that for time constraint reasons it may not be practical. It also would need to be directly ordered as such by your doctor as well. ...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. ??

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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How to tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Let me explain: Pain in the shoulder and the upper arm, limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder in certain directions and sometime weakness of the arm. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

How can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Depends on symptoms: Without an injury rotator cuff tears are not common in people under 40 but if you are having pain at night that is bad enough to keep you awake or wake you up, then maybe yes. If you are unable to raise your arm straight over your head (same as other side) then maybe yes. Hard to make any sweeping blanket statements, but hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

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

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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