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What is a torn rotator cuff tendon like?

What is a torn rotator cuff tendon like?

Painful and weak: A torn rotator cuff tendon is usually quite painful, especially at night or during forceful shoulder motion. The rotator cuff starts out as 4 individual muscle attached to the shoulder blade. As they approach there insertion onto the tuberosities of the humerus, they come together to make a tendonus cuff. When this cuff of tissue is torn, active shoulder motion becomes difficult. Needs surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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How to a relieve a torn rotater cuff in shoulder?

How to a relieve a torn rotater cuff in shoulder?

Get it fixed: A torn rotator cuff will not heal. Oral/injectable steroids may help relieve symptoms, temporarily. For long-term relief of symptoms and restoration of function, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is your best option. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your condition and treatment options. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tendonitis, how is this diagnosed?

Rotator cuff tendonitis, how is this diagnosed?

History and physical: Typically a clinician can make this diagnosis with a history and good physical exam. Imaging may add to the diagnosis but often is not required for the initial diagnosis of rotator cuff tendinitis ...Read more

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What is a shoulder labrum tear?

What is a shoulder labrum tear?

Tear.: A labrum is the cartilaginous rim that encircles the socket of the shoulder that the upper arm bones sits in. If part of that is torn, it is called a labral tear. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a rotator cuff tear?

3-12 months: By 3 months you should be doing most activities normally. Full healing and remodeling of the cuff tissue takes a full yr. ...Read more

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Could a torn rotator cuff cause an immobile index finger?

Could a torn rotator cuff cause an immobile index finger?

No: The two have minimal affect upon the other. There are cases where a surgery for the rotator cuff tear (arthroscopy with rotator cuff repair) causes enough swelling in the hand. The swelling can cause "triggering", or stiffness in the index finger. Just a torn rotator cuff can on rare occasions cause the same problem. Other surgeries to the shoulder, elbow, or wrist can do the same. ...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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What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

Attach cuff to bone.: A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone. For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopically with suture anchors. The anchors have sutures inside and are placed into the bone. The sutures are placed within the torn rotator cuff and tied down to the bone. The cuff is protected for 6 wks before therapy begins, 3-6 months for recovery. ...Read more

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What is more painful, a broken knee cap or a torn Achilles tendon?

What is more  painful, a broken knee cap or a torn Achilles tendon?

Broken knee cap: Achilles tendon rupture often do not hurt much and can easily be overlooked. A broken bone e.g. Knee cap hurts much more and will cause your leg to buckle painfully when you attempt to put weight on it. ...Read more

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How is a labrum tear repaired?

How is a labrum tear repaired?

Suture anchors: Your surgeon places small (usually about 3 mm) plastic or metal screws into the adjacent bone. These anchors have sutures threaded into them, which are then passed through the labrum, and tied to secure the labrum to the bone. This is done in similar ways for both the labrum in the shoulder and the labrum in the hip. ...Read more

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How painful is the' knee surgery to repair a torn mcl?

How painful is the' knee surgery to repair a torn mcl?

Pain is subjective: Some people are very tolerant of pain from surgery and some are very pain sensitive. Some do great with pain control, some have a very difficult time getting a medication that controls their pain and does not make them nauseous. Most isolated mcl tears are not surgically repaired and heal with bracing. Pain associated with the repair really depends on the technique used on the repair. ...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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How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

It can be a cuff: A pitcher can cause damage to their rotator cuff. However, the issues that upper extremity athletes have with their shoulders are unique. Therefore, there treatments are unique. If you are pitcher and you are having shoulder pain, see a shoulder specialist orthopedic surgeon who has experience with upper extremity athletes. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain from arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?

How bad is the pain from  arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?

Varies: Some patients will have very little discomfort, while others have quite a bit. Overall, most patients do not have significant pain, and the worst pain occurs the first few days after the procedure and then rapidly improves. ...Read more

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Had shoulder surgery for what was thought to be a partial tear in rotator cuff. Why does the rotator cuff show some fray?

Fraying = Tearing: Your diagnosis and treatment so far are not fully clear from your question. Fraying is the same as tearing and it just depends on the severity. You can learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm it is important to have a clear diagnosis and treatment plan prior to moving ahead with surgery. Get a second or third opinion if you aren't fully comfortable. ...Read more

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How bad is rotator cuff surgery?

Not too bad!!!: Although all surgeries can involve some initial pain and discomfort, rotator cuff repair surgery can be done very safely these days and with minimal risk. Although some tears can be challenging to repair, recovery time and therapy that goes along with it are generally well tolerated. An experienced surgeon with high skill with arthroscopic techniques can usually achieve excellent clinical results. ...Read more

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Can a person tell if there rotator cuff is injured?

Can a person tell if there rotator cuff is injured?

Complex Joint: The shoulder is a complex joint, & many conditions/ injuries (rotator cuff injury, bursitits, tendonitis, labral pathology, etc).Can cause pain/ weakness. Some injuries of the soulder occur due to acute injury and some are from overuse. Ii suggest you see an orthopedist for a complete exam. http://drmarkgalland.com/category/shoulder/. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery for a torn subscapularis tendon and dislocated long bicep tendon?

Should I get surgery for a torn subscapularis tendon and dislocated long bicep tendon?

See a Doc: If the biceps is dislocated it will usually move under the subscapularis muscle and this can cause further damage. They run right next to each other. I would recommend that you have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to determine what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Badman
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Rotator Cuff Tear (Definition)

There are 4 muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff giving the shoulder lifting and rotational strength as well as contributing to stability ...Read more