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How To Cure Rotator Cuff Injury
It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often consists of NSAIDS, injection, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails or if an acute traumatic tear, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Physical examination and imaging (MRI) are needed ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strength Testing: There are a series of tests a doctor can use to determine which, if any, of the rotator cuff's have been injured. In most of these tests, the physician will ask you to hold your arm out in various positions and ask you to hold it up against resistence. Pain, or inability to hold up the arm may be an indication of injury. Also, an MRI can help determine injury as well. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Rest and exercise: As long as it is not torn, a cuff sprain/strain resolves with rest for a couple of days with the use of anti inflammatory meds, followed by gradual exercises involving rotation of the shoulder (look up codmans exercises, which are pendulum exercises for the shoulder). Perform slowly, as pain resolves, can add light weights while performing them to strengthen rtc muscles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Question: We need a better understanding of your true diagnosis first. Do you have a strain/sprain without tear, a minor partial tear, a structural partial tear, or a full thickness tear? Each has a different prognosis and treatment. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be smart & lucky: While there are some variables that you have the ability to control (such as how you lift, what activities you participate in, etc), there are some variables that you cannot easily control. This includes normal aging of the tendon and genetics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain and weakness: When the rotator cuff is injured, it first stops working. Without the rotator cuff to stabilize the shoulder, attempts to raise the arm results in improper motion. This in turn causes pain and weakness. An injury may resolve on its own after 4-6 weeks when the rotator cuff recovers. If it has torn, it will not heal on its own and may need a repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See shoulder surgeon: First step to treatment is correct diagnosis. Initial treatment is rest, stretching exercises to prevent stiffness, nsaids, ice. If no help, and symptoms persist more than 2-3 weeks, see a shoulder specialist. A history and physical exam is performed, and x-ray is done. If rotator cuff tear is suspected, additional imaging (mri or ultrasound) may be recommended. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It depend: If you inflammation of the rotator cuff the treatment by using anti-inflammatory medication could in form tablets or injection in the shoulder area, it take about 3-4 weeks. If you have tear of the cuff and the tear is complete you need surgery for that.If surgery was done it take 8-12 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain with activity: Mild rotator cuff injuries are associated with inflammation without structural damage. Most of the symptoms occur during shoulder activities, such as reaching, lifting and throwing. As symptoms progress, the shoulder becomes painful at rest and even at night. Ice, activity modification and nsaid's are early treatments. Physical therapy and oral/injectable steroids are used in severe cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain and weakness: Most patients with a rotator cuff tear have pain throughout the shoulder region which can be quite severe at night. You may have mild stiffness, but significant stiffness suggests other problems. Your pain most likely will be made worse with overhead activities and lifting objects. You may experience weakness with similar activities. It is best to see a doctor to get it checked out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6-12 weeks: Typically, a rotator cuff strain resolves in 6-12 weeks. They are sometimes associated with other injuries that may take longer. Rotator cuff tears do not heal on their own. They may calm down and stop producing pain, but will not heal back to the original position. Healing after a rotator cuff repair takes 12-16 weeks and continues to improve 6 months after surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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