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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. Louis Gallia
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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 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?

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

About 6weeks: Rotator cuff strains usually heal in about 6weeks. If pain and dysfunction persists it may indicate a more involved problem. See your shoulder or sports medicine specialit if that happens. ...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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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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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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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?

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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more