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3 weeks post op shoulder surgery repair torn labrum & torn rotator cuff. Physical therapy started. Is popping and clicking normal after surgery?

3 weeks post op shoulder surgery repair torn labrum & torn rotator cuff. Physical therapy started. Is popping and clicking normal after surgery?

Yes, don't worry.: Not all popping and clicking is a sign of trouble. In fact, because of the swelling that occurs after most shoulder surgeries, it is common. Remember to ice, do gentle range of motion exercises and begin early strengthening as directed by you surgeon and carried out by your physical therapist. In time, the noises will resolve as you recover. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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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Can a torn rotator cuff heal all by itself without having surgery?

Can a torn rotator cuff heal all by itself without having surgery?

Usually not: If it is a full thickness tear then it will not heal on its own. ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Let me explain: Diabetes is a multisystem disorder that affects the wound healing process.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is important as hyperglycaemia has been correlated with impaired wound healing (senior, 2000). In order to optimise wound-healing potential, patients should be encouraged to achieve target levels for glycated haemoglobin and sugar level. ...Read more

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My daughter has torn rotator cuff with small nodule. Is surgery necessary?

Maybe: Not all cuff tears absolutely require surgery; however if completely torn it will not heal by itself leaving the patient week in certain motions. ...Read more

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I am fairly certain I have a torn rotator cuff, for about 18 months now, I was wondering if the pain and soreness will go away after surgery?

I am fairly certain I have a torn rotator cuff, for about 18 months now, I was wondering if the pain and soreness will go away after surgery?

Should: You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic to be diagnosed. If you have. Rotator cuff tear that is painful, surgery to repair the tear is the most reliable way to achieve long-term pain relief. ...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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Please help! What is the rehab like for a mini open incision torn rotator cuff surgery?

Please help! What is the rehab like for a mini open incision torn rotator cuff surgery?

Mini open RCR: The rehab is usually stepwise with the initial therapy involving passive motion of the arm for about 6 weeks while the cuff heals, then active motion for another 4-6 weeks, then a strength program. ...Read more

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My shoulder randomly makes "grinding" noises following surgery for a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder (6 months ago). Should I be concerned?

My shoulder randomly makes "grinding" noises following surgery for a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder (6 months ago). Should I be concerned?

Shoulder issue: Grinding noise is a non-specific symptom and may not be anything to worry about, but it may be part of a bigger picture that may need attention. It all depends on your recovery. If your pain is improving and function is slowly getting better, then you may need to watch it and consult your doc if other symptoms are present or recovery halts. ...Read more

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Having surgery for torn rotator cuff, rcr and impingment and cephlad migration of the humeral head. Can the do it arthroscopicly?

Having surgery for torn rotator cuff, rcr and impingment and cephlad migration of the humeral head. Can the do it arthroscopicly?

Depends: I am concerned from your question that you may have a large rotator cuff tear with some possible involvement of the nerve to the rotator cuff. The ability to repair all tears arthroscopically is based on the level of experience and skill of the surgeon. Ask your surgeon how many rotator cuff tears performed each year and what results are before proceeding. Learn more here: http://theshouldercent. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from the pinched nerve surgery on my arm, or could it be a torn rotator cuff?

How long will it take to recover from the pinched nerve surgery on my arm, or could it be a torn rotator cuff?

Hard to say: Recovery from a compressive neuropathy can take several months to a year to completely recover depending how much damage to the nerve was caused and the recovery my be incomplete in some cases. You could potentially have a rotator cuff tear also, you might need an MRI or ultrasound. Surgery to decompress a nerve should have some immediate relief, but certainly not complete relief. ...Read more

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Follow up: I've had cortisone injections for my torn rotator cuff along with OTC and tramadol. No help. Surgery next month.?

Follow up: I've had cortisone injections for my torn rotator cuff along with OTC and tramadol. No help. Surgery next month.?

Be sure of diagnosis: Unless you are an overhead athlete (pitcher or tennis, etc.) full - thickness rotator cuff tears in your age are very unusual. More commonly seen are shoulders w/ a component of instability and secondary rotator cuff tendinitis/partial thickness injuries and/or biceps anchor injuries'SLAP' tears. See an experienced ORS w/ subspecialty training in shoulder / sports before you have surgery. GL! ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff surgery 9/15, popping with pain, tingling fingers, told normal. Advise?

Torn rotator cuff surgery 9/15, popping with pain, tingling fingers, told normal. Advise?

Not normal: Since shoulder joint is surrounded & stabilized by maximum number of big muscles, post-op recovery can be prolonged & may not be back to normal.
Natural joint anti-inflammatory supplements like
SAM-e, glucosamine/chondroitin, ASU, EGCG in green tea & undenatured collagen-Type 2.Check drhoffman. Com.
Acupuncture in expert hands will give pain relief.
Obtain a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it okay to ask for pain meds for torn rotator cuff? Putting off surgery for my shoulder till wife finishes her cancer treatment and surgery.

Is it okay to ask for pain meds for torn rotator cuff? Putting off surgery for my shoulder till wife finishes her cancer treatment and surgery.

Absolutely!!: No doc should let you suffer if you've already maxed out on Ibuprofen and tylenol (acetaminophen). There are some great compounded pain creams out there. I like bellevue pharmacy in st louis. It works amazing for shoulders and knees--just put it on 3-4 times daily for a week, then you can decrease the amount to your needs. But if you need stronger meds, there is still tramadol, then oxycodone to try. Good luck! ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tear surgery, how does it recover?

6 months.: Our protocol calls for 3 weeks in a sling, then we initiate physical therapy. Our patients participate in physical therapy for about 4-6 months before being released to all activities. ...Read more

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Will a full thickness rotator cuff tear always require surgery?

Depends: Surgical treatment for full thickness rotator cuff tears (RCT) depends on age, activity level, pain level, weakness, and tear characteristics (size, location, amount of retraction, chronicity). Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss these issues to help you decide if and when surgery is appropriate. 33 is very young to have a RCT and I usually recommend surgery for acute tears at this age. ...Read more

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Can a rotator cuff tear heal on its own without surgery? What do I have to do?

Can a rotator cuff tear heal on its own without surgery? What do I have to do?

Depends: Http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/rotator-cuff-tear. Htm
an acute injury can result in significant weakness but not mean that there is a large tear. We need more information and a clearer extent of pathology and diagnosis. A drop arm test by itself is not sufficient to make the decision for surgery. Consider a more detailed evaluation with a shoulder specialist to review your options. ...Read more

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A couple months ago they told me I had a partial right rotator cuff tear. I have lots of pain and take meds but they only do so much they told me I needed surgery any other suggestions?

A couple months ago they told me I had a partial right rotator cuff tear. I have lots of pain and take meds but they only do so much they told me I needed surgery any other suggestions?

Physical therapy: 90% of these problems respond to physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication and occasionally, subacromial cortisone injections. If, after 3 months of non operative care your symptoms persist and a MRI of your shoulder reveals pathology that can be treated surgically, then go ahead with it. ...Read more

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Partial rotator cuff tear can be healed without surgery? .I have been doing rehab and icing it for last 2 months. Pain is gone but swelling remains

One option: Have you considered asking your physician about adding acupuncture to your current treatment regimen? It can help reduce inflammation & swelling as increasing range of motion. ...Read more

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Pls advise which drugs can be used for a rotator cuff tear which does not require surgery. Pain is moderate but ongoing, have full movement/strength?

Pls advise which drugs can be used for a rotator cuff tear which does not require surgery. Pain is moderate but ongoing, have full movement/strength?

Nsaids?: I'm not sure what you mean by a rotator cuff tear that doesn't require surgery.
But at age 74, I would certainly try to decrease your
pain and swelling with some nsaid medications
Then I'd work on improving your range of motion and
shoulder strength with specific rotator cuff exercises ...Read more

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Is a full rotator cuff tear with a 3 1/3 CM retraction repairable via arthroscopic surgery?

Maybe: Depends on tissue quality, age of tear, expertise of your surgeon, bone quality, ability to follow post op regimen. ...Read more

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I have a rotator cuff tear in my l shoulder and am suddenly hearing a clicking noise when I move it. Is it getting worse? Surgery is a month away!

Noise is expected: Tears can get larger with time, but clicking in a shoulder with a known tear is not unusual. Worsening function or pain should be brought to your surgeons attention, however. ...Read more

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Will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm. Having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

Will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm. Having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

Yes: You are describing some of the symptoms of rotator cuff tear. It will be easier to repair if it is only partial. The rehab afterwards is very important to restoring function so listen to the instructions and follow them as long as you are told to for best results. ...Read more

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Noninvasive melanoma 8yrs ago on arm pain/tingling there now Dr says its scar tissue from the surgery...thoughts? Have rotator cuff tear same area

Noninvasive melanoma 8yrs ago on arm pain/tingling there now Dr says its scar tissue from the surgery...thoughts? Have rotator cuff tear same area

Symptoms not due to: Melanoma in situ or lentigo maligna was cured 8 years ago. Symptoms related to shoulder or neck. Should be checked yearly by dermatologist. Cured from 1 skin cancer= increased risk of future skin cancer. ...Read more

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Age 16, I hurt my shoulder 2 months ago. Physical therapy and cortisone not helpful. Mri shows rotator cuff tear and bone spur. Should I have surgery?

Age 16, I hurt my shoulder 2 months ago. Physical therapy and cortisone not helpful. Mri shows rotator cuff tear and bone spur. Should I have surgery?

Shoulder Specialist: I rarely see patients at age 16 that have a rotator cuff tear and don't have other shoulder pathology such as a labrum tear, suprascapular nerve injury or an unstable shoulder. I would recommend you have an evaluation with someone that performs hundreds of shoulder repairs like yours annually. I am also suspicious of the bone spur diagnosis.
http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/shoulderpain/2013/sho. ...Read more

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Would you get your torn rotator cuff repaired if you needed to?

Yes but: If up in age (70-and up) and is not your dominant arm I will not do it, some people could have good use of the arm even they have tear. Good luck. ...Read more

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Did a torn rotator cuff require surgical repair?

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, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Good luck ...Read more

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