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Can a torn labrum (left shoulder) heal itself?

Can a torn labrum (left shoulder) heal itself?

Yes: Not all labral injuries are the same. Acute or recent injuries protected appropriately from reinjury have a better chance to heal than chronic or older injuries. Most are treated with an initial course of rest then physical therapy. Only the persistent, symptomatic labral tears may warrant surgical intervention eventually. The final decision is best made between you and your surgeon. ...Read more

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Separated Shoulder (Definition)

An injury to the ligaments that hold your collarbone (clavicle) to your shoulder blade.The ligaments might just be stretched, but in more severe injuries, ...Read more


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Does a partial rotator cuff tear require right shoulder arthroscopy?

Does a partial rotator cuff tear require right shoulder arthroscopy?

Sometimes: Partial thickness rtc tears are generally managed with physical therapy. Shoulder arthroscopy is indicated for partial thickness tears that fail to improve with non-operative treatment. ...Read more

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Could a shoulder bursa regenerate after a bursectomy?

Could a shoulder bursa regenerate after a bursectomy?

Yes: Yes, it can. The body does tend to form another bursa once it has been removed. It usually does not cause a problem once it is formed again unless injured. Bursas protect ligaments and tendons where they attach to bone or rub over bone to decrease friction. ...Read more

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Could a torn labrum in the shoulder be healed with physical therapy?

Could a torn labrum in the shoulder be healed with physical therapy?

No: Although therapy can not heal a torn labrum, it may restore strength motion and provide enough pain relief that no further treatment may be needed. If it does not help that surgery may be recommended. ...Read more

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How to a relieve a torn rotater cuff in shoulder?

How to a relieve a torn rotater cuff in shoulder?

Get it fixed: A torn rotator cuff will not heal. Oral/injectable steroids may help relieve symptoms, temporarily. For long-term relief of symptoms and restoration of function, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is your best option. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your condition and treatment options. ...Read more

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Will a shoulder bursa regenerate after a bursectomy?

Yes: After a bursectomy, the bursa will reform eventually. The goal is to reform a more normal bursa to prevent recurrence of symptoms. ...Read more

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Will a shoulder brace help a cure a rotator cuff injury?

Will a shoulder brace help a cure a  rotator cuff injury?

Brace: A brace, sling, or immobilizer can temporarily protect the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can be partial, complete, acute, or chronic. Complete tears won't heal with the above. ...Read more

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How is a labral tear in the shoulder with subluxation repaired?

How is a labral tear in the shoulder with subluxation repaired?

Stem Cell Therapy: There are many different options for stem cell therapies in the us. I would suggest you evaluate all of them thoroughly before choosing. So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy are the Regenexx Physicians Network. They have over 6500 patients in their registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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Can a torn rotator cuff and numbness in fingers?

Can a torn rotator cuff and numbness in fingers?

No: If the question is, can a torn rotator cuff cause numbness in the fingers, then the answer is no. Numbness is caused by neurologic pathology such as carpal tunnel syndrome, a herniated disk, cubital tunnel syndrome. Best to have your numbness evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Can i develop a frozen shoulder after a total shoulder replacement operation?

Can i develop a frozen shoulder after a total shoulder replacement operation?

It is possible: Stiffness after surgery can happen after virtually any shoulder procedure. Therapy can help usually. Speak to the surgeon who did the procedure and see if you are where you are supposed to be, from a motion standpoint. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a torn rotator cuff cause other injuries within the shoulder such as: separated shoulder(ac joint)?

Is it possible that a torn rotator cuff cause other injuries within the shoulder such as: separated shoulder(ac joint)?

Possibly related: Questioner asks if rotator cuff ; acromialclavicular (ac) joint injuries are related. These are two separate injuries of contiguous tissues. Significant mechanical trauma can cause injury to both structures, but not common. Ac joint separation observed grossly as superior projection of distal clavicle relative to acromion ; palpation of ac joint is painful. Mri necessary to visualize rotator tear. ...Read more

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Can you suffer a neck injury as a result of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery in a beach chair?

Can you suffer a neck injury as a result of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery in a beach chair?

Positional stiffness: Positional stiffness can occur during any surgical procedure, to include neck pain/stiffness from arthroscopic shoulder surgery performed in the beach chair (sitting) position. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a shoulder surgery to repair labrum and rotator cuff?

What can I expect from a shoulder surgery to repair labrum and rotator cuff?

Varies: It varies somewhat based primarily on the severity of your rotator cuff tear; but in general it is an arthroscopic surgery that is highly successful.and with a relatively short recovery. ...Read more

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Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest. Torn cartilage in other shoulder. ??

Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest.  Torn cartilage in other shoulder. ??

Get examined!: At age 55 your most common cause for this pain would still be 'impingement' ( or bursitis). Labral tears causing this pain are less likely unless associated with the biceps 'anchor'( SLAP) lesions -- but less likely in isolation in your age group.Osteoarthritis can cause pain in this distribution . AC joint arthritis can also cause pain when rotating arm towards chest ( adduction). See an ORS! GL! ...Read more

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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

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Injured rotator cuff almost torn in half and my bicep tendon muscle ruptured surgery now trigger finger problems. Normal?

Injured rotator cuff almost torn in half and  my bicep tendon muscle ruptured surgery  now trigger finger problems. Normal?

Yes: That sounds pretty typical. The biceps tear and rotator cuff tear occurs together as part of the same degenerative process. The tears (along with the surgery) cause swelling that involves the entire hand. The swelling and inflammation makes trigger fingers worse by swelling the finger tendons that no longer fit through their tendon sheaths. ...Read more

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Rehab (Definition)

Rehab is an abbreviation for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is the process of restoring one back to good physical or mental health ...Read more