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How To Repair A Torn Rotator Cuff Without 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
Usually not: If it is a full thickness tear then it will not heal on its own. ...Read more
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I am a self employed truck driver, I have a torn rotator cuff and need surgery. Will I be able to get short term disability?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Since shoulder joint is surrounded & stabilized by maximum number of big muscles, post-op recovery can be prolonged & may not be back to normal.
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Acupuncture in expert hands will give pain relief.
Obtain a second opinion. ...Read more
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
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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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
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
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
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?
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
Maybe: Depends on tissue quality, age of tear, expertise of your surgeon, bone quality, ability to follow post op regimen. ...Read more
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
What can I do for my rotator cuff tear it seems to be getting worse but my personal doctor doesn't want to do any surgery to it because of my age?
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?
I'm experiencing rectal bleeding. I had surgery for a rotator cuff tear 4 days ago. Is this normal due to the pain meds causing harder stool than usual? Felt sick yesterday from meds but feel ok now. 1x large amt (aproximately 1/4 cup) 2x small amt
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
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?
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
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
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
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