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Medicine For Rotator Cuff Tear
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?: Im 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 Id work on improving your range of motion and shoulder strength with specific rotator cuff exercises ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain: Typical signs of a rotator cuff tear depends on the muscle involved. There are 4 that make up the rotator cuff. Most commonly, people complain of pain with reaching or overhead motion, pain radiating down the arm, pain that wakes them up at night, sometimes numbness and tingling in the arm and hand/fingers, a feeling of heaviness to the arm. Recommend you see a sports medicine MD/orthopedist. ...Read more
MayBeYesMayBeNot: Depends on the severity and thichness of the tear.Some rotater cuff tears heal with conservative treatment and others require surgery.You have to consult an Orthopedic Specialist and he/she can tell you what your prognosis .Tears can be just minor inflammation&tear or a complete tear of one or more muscles or tendons requiring surgery followed by PT. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't heal on own: The rotator cuff is like a rubber band under tension, any tearing results in pulling apart of the fibers and shortening of the muscle so even if scar tissue fills the gap the muscle hasn't been pulled back out to length to restore function and strength. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expected outcomes...: If symptoms persist w/ >6 wks of diligent rehab & compliance w/ conservative treatment, a more aggressive treatment, such as surgery, may be required.. This arthroscopic outpatient procedure usually allows for a return to daily living activities within 2-6 wks. A full recovery can be long & arduous, but excellent results are achieved >80%... For more info: www.Drmarkgalland.Com (1/22/13). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Common: Rotator cuff injuries are most frequently seen in the sport of baseball. The reason is that all positions involve throwing, with the pitcher and catcher doing the most. The overhead throwing motion can cause rubbing of the tendon on the acromion bone. This is increased with weakness or fatique of the muscle. Progressive strengthening and conditioning is critical. ...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
Rotator cuff: Rotator Cuff tears can occur traumatically or sometimes be degenerative depending on the age of the patient. Smaller partial thickness tears can sometimes be treated with therapy, injections,and NSAIDS. Full thickness tears are usually managed with surgery to repair the tear depending on the age and activity level of the patient. Consult an Orthopaedic surgeon for a full workup. WilsonShoulder.com ...Read more
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