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How Long Does A Torn Shoulder Muscle Take To Heal
Variable...: Anywhere from 6-12 weeks and sometimes longer. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
See an ortho doc: A "torn shoulder muscle" most commonly refers to a rotator cuff tear. Some patients will have rotator cuff tears that are amenable to initial non-operative management while others will require more aggressive treatment to lessen the risk of long-term shoulder dysfunction. An orthopedic surgeon with an expertise in shoulders, after an office evaluation, can best advise you. ...Read more
Depends: Understanding which tendon is torn and how much can better answer your question. The rotator cuff has five distinct layers and if it is torn top to bottom (full thickness), this will not heal and will progress over time. If speaking of a tear of the long head of the bicep, this does not typically require surgery and results most frequently in a "popeye" cosmetic deformity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: That would be unusual. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple Options: Assuming you mean you have a tear of your rotator cuff a well designed scapular stabilization and shoulder strengthening program without further stressing the injury may be helpful. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/rotator-cuff-tear.htm the two most common reasons patients choose surgical treatment are persistent weakness and pain (especially night pain). ...Read more
My shoulder muscle hurts & feels hot on the inside, does that mean inflammation? Would heat or cold help? And any other advice you would suggest?
Yes: Pain and heat usually indicate inflammation. I would use ice for 24-48 hours (20 minutes on every couple hours). Ibuprofen for the pain is helpful. Avoid movements that increase pain for a couple days as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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