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Dr. Alicia Mohr
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Critical Injury (Definition)

A critical injury (life-threatening injury) is a condition in which a person has a severe injury that has caused or can cause death, paralysis, or major disability. Examples include gunshot wounds to the head, chest, or abdomen; knife wounds to any major artery, chest, or abdomen; large burns; severed limbs; multiple fractures ...Read more


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How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

How can you treat a 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 more

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How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

It depend: What kind injury, if minor inflammations it is not, if you have a tear in it is need surgery. ...Read more

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How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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How to tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

How to tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Let me explain: Pain in the shoulder and the upper arm, limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder in certain directions and sometime weakness of the arm. ...Read more

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How can I avoid a repeat rotator cuff injury?

How can I avoid a repeat  rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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How can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

How can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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How to know if I have a rotator cuff injury/tear?

How to know if I have a rotator cuff injury/tear?

MRI.: You're most likely going to need an MRI. See a sports medicine specialist who focuses on shoulders, who can determine if you need one. ...Read more

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How long would a rotator cuff injury take to heal?

How long would a rotator cuff injury take to heal?

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

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What can I do to get help for a rotator cuff injury?

What can I do to get help for a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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What is the recovery time for over rotator cuff injury?

What is the recovery time for over rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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Which symptoms would be suspicious for a rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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How long does it take you to recover from rotator cuff injury?

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How long does it take you to recover from rotator cuff injury?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Rotator cuff injury?

What is the definition or description of: Rotator cuff injury?

Shoulder pain & weak: The rotator cuff muscles are the fine motor control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space. With injury to the rotator cuff, patients have pain with discrete shoulder function and often weakness. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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