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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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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 rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

No: However one can have both problems at the same time. Carpal tunnal can on occasionj cause shoulder pain, carpal tunnel may alter mechanics in the way the hand and arm are used and a rotator cuff tear that is present becomes more symptomatic. A rotator cuff tear may also give pain down the arm and a unstable shoulder may give tingling in the hand the seems like carpal tunnel. These are not causes! ...Read more

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Could rotator cuff sprain be permanent?

Could rotator cuff sprain be permanent?

? Sprain: If you have injured your rotator cuff over time or w/ one episode of trauma you may have 'strained' or irritated the rot cuff.These generally will get better w/time. If, however, you tore or partially tore the rot. Cuff this may not improve completely and may require surgery. A good exam and quality MRI scan can differentiate between the two. See an ors w/ specialty training in shoulder surg. Gl! ...Read more

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Can anterior shoulder instability cause nerve, tendon, muscle, shoulder blade problems?

Can anterior shoulder instability cause nerve, tendon, muscle, shoulder blade problems?

Yes: This is very plausible. To be sure, and due to the complex nature of the shoulder, and evaluation by an orthopedist would determine the exact cause of your symptoms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can shoulder injury cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can shoulder injury cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Rarely: You could get carpal tunnel syndrome if your shoulder injury caused bad enough swelling. The swelling travels down the arm to the hand and that's what causes carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Rarely: A massive rotator cuff tear can lead to shoulder instability (typically a subluxation/partial dislocation, but not a full dislocation). This may depend on multiple factors including the size, location and chronicity of the tear. On the other hand a traumatic shoulder dislocation can sometimes cause a rotator cuff tear, particularly in patients over the age of 40. ...Read more

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Can shoulder pain ( rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Can shoulder pain  ( rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Yes.: When your shoulder is injured, the neck muscles "work overtime" to help protect the shoulder, thus, the neck pain. ...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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Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Not usually: The shoulder is usually an 'innocent bystander' when it comes to neurologic problems such as numbness and weakness that is found beyond the shoulder in the arm and forearm. The more likely culprit for these complaints is actually nerve compression emanating from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff injury cause weakness in your hands?

Can rotator cuff injury cause weakness in your hands?

Not normally no: Rotator cuff injuries will not generally cause any weakness in your hands.Other things can occur that cause [email protected] the same time you have rc pain...Carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical disc problems, etc. See your md if symptoms persist.Good luck! ...Read more

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Can an injured rotator cuff cause neck and back/shoulder blade pain?

Can an injured rotator cuff cause neck and back/shoulder blade pain?

Maybe: Rotator cuff problems are usually felt in the shoulder area itself, but the neck and shoulder blade are nearby, and the brain may interpret the pain signals as involvement of those other areas of the body. Sometimes neck problems cause pain in the shoulder blade and shoulder areas. If it persists or is bad, see your primary doctor or a specialist. ...Read more

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What causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury?

What causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury?

Frozen Shoulder?: Stiffness by itself is not diagnostic of a rotator cuff tear but rather a frozen or stiff shoulder. Any sort of shoulder injury or trauma can initiate the process of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/frozen-shoulder.Htm. ...Read more

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Can a torn rotator cuff cause hand numbness when sleeping?

Can a torn rotator cuff cause hand numbness when sleeping?

No: These are 2 different diagnoses. Tingling in the hand at night comes a nerve impingement. A torn rotator cuff can cause shouldered pain and limited mobility of the shoulder. ...Read more

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Could a rotator cuff injury cause temporary spine curvature?

Could a rotator cuff injury cause temporary spine curvature?

A bit of a distance: between the shoulder and the spine. The usual cause of "temporary spine curvature" or "change in normal lordosis" is a muscle spasm--typically of the neck. Certainly injuries and/or pain can cause spasm. Temporary spine curvature changes are common and are NOT due to the bones or disk being broken. ...Read more

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How to repair a pinched rotator cuff nerve?

Nerve or muscle?: Rotator cuff problems include, inflammation, pressure, weakness, or damage to the tendons that constitute the rotator cuff. Conservative care w/anti-inflammatories, ice, and physical therapy. Sometimes surgery is necessary to repair a torn tendon or release pressure on the tendon. Surgery can also be helpful to release pressure on pinched nerves that supply cuff. An orthopaedic surgeon can help. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between supraspinatus impingement and rotators cuff tendonitis ?

How to differentiate between supraspinatus impingement and rotators cuff tendonitis ?

Same: For an orthopedic surgeon they r the same. Only thing that would make a ... Of a difference if the rotator cuff is torn( supraspinatus .... Or commonly missed subscapularis)... Which would mean if i failed a non- operative tx program your arthroscopy would include an arcr as well as decompression , if needed. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff injury and brufen - what is the best treatment for this type of shoulder injury?

Rotator cuff injury and brufen - what is the best treatment for this type of shoulder 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. If you have tear of the cuff and the tear is complete you need surgery for that . ...Read more

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Shoulder injury on 10/8 hurts very bad around rotator cuff MRI shows a lot of inflammation still. Could there be something that isn't showing up?

Shoulder injury on 10/8 hurts very bad around rotator cuff MRI shows a lot of inflammation still. Could there be something that isn't showing up?

Yes: Inflammation can mask many things. However, short of surgery, there is not a lot that can be done to see the extent of the injury. You could ask your doctor if they think an MRI arthrogram may help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjegd1qxabm. ...Read more

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How effective is a steroid injection for rotator cuff syndrome in the shoulder?

It can be very effec: Effective for inflammation alone. It will not repair the tendon but may help significantly for acute symptoms. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with rotator cuff syndrome. Ii am having excruciating pain in upper left shoulder blade. And it hurts to take a deep breath. ?

Was diagnosed with rotator cuff syndrome. Ii am having excruciating pain in upper left shoulder blade. And it hurts to take a deep breath. ?

Shoulder blade.: The shoulder blade pain may be muscles that are out of balance from the rotator cuff issue.
Check with your doctor, you may need specific therapy for that area. ...Read more

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Symptoms: acute and now constant shoulder pain which lead to swelling in my hand, discolouration and weakness. Could this be a rotator cuff injury?

Symptoms: acute and now constant shoulder pain which lead to swelling in my hand, discolouration and weakness.  Could this be a rotator cuff injury?

Maybe: The description of your symptoms is not a common presentation for a rotator cuff problem. The first thing that comes to my mind with this description is a vascular issue. I think of things like upper extremity deep venous thrombosis and thoracic outlet syndrome. I would have this issue evaluated by a primary care provider soon. ...Read more

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I have rotator cuff injury and inflammation left shoulder? I want to keep swimming though.

I have rotator cuff injury and inflammation left shoulder?  I want to keep swimming though.

Cuff tendonitis: Best to decrease inflammation by relative rest, avoid the so called painful arc above shoulder level. Nsaids and ice, along with strengthening of the rotator cuff with band exercises below shoulder level. When pain disappears, gradually return back to overhead activities. ...Read more

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Multiple shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff injury. How can I prevent this from happening?

Multiple shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff injury. How can I prevent this from happening?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How long for my shoulder rotator cuff injury to heal?

How long for my shoulder rotator cuff injury to heal?

Severity dictates: Not all rotator cuff injuries are the same. Important variables that determine time to healing include: size, location and extent of the cuff injury along with the overall health of the injured patient. History of injury, examination findings, and imaging studies (x-ray & mri) allow your treating physician to make a reasonably accurate estimation regarding time to healing with or without surgery. ...Read more

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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 effective are steroid shots for shoulder pain associated with a rotator cuff injury?

Shoulder injections: These can be quite effective in some patients. This is a standard type of injection done for shoulder pain for various reasons. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff injury in my left shoulder.Causes my arm popout of socket during bnchpress. Can i increase circulation to make inflam. Phase count? How?

Shoulder Specialist: It sounds like you have an unstable shoulder along with your rotator cuff injury. See a shoulder specialist to get a detailed recommendation for you personally. Learn more: http://theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm and http://theshouldercenter.Com/unstable-shoulder.Htm. ...Read more

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For a shoulder/rotator cuff injury, what is the diagnostic difference between an ultrasound and an MRI? Which is preferred?

For a shoulder/rotator cuff injury, what is the diagnostic difference between an ultrasound and an MRI? Which is preferred?

Either test might: be appropriate. However, shoulder ultrasound is highly operator dependent and may be less readily available than MRI in some areas. ...Read more

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On average how long does it take right side rotator cuff injury & right side shoulder strain to get better? On diclofenac 75 mg.

On average how long does it take right side rotator cuff injury & right side shoulder strain to get better? On diclofenac 75 mg.

Few months to foreve: shoulder is very complicated joint and an injury to the rotators cuff muscle and ligament could be complicated and the seriousness of the injuries varied pending the classification and extent of the damages so the recovery will varied from a few months to a simple injuries to never for a complete damage that will required surgery assuming the appropriate physical therapy was done as well ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff injury from mar13. Physio says i now have AC joint issue & shoulder sits lower. I have pain , should I see surgeon, how to treat?

Torn rotator cuff injury from mar13. Physio says i now have AC joint issue & shoulder sits lower. I have pain , should I see surgeon, how to treat?

Rotator cuff injury: Don't know mechanism of injury or how it was diagnosed.If you do in fact have a rotator cuff tear(by history, p.E., and confirmed by mri)than i would see ors well-trained in arthroscopic rot. Cuff repair.Ac joint and scapulothoracic issues can be [email protected] time or postoperatively. ...Read more

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Can a dexamethasone injection in the gluteus muscle for rotator cuff injury make shoulder pain worse?

Can a dexamethasone injection in the gluteus muscle for rotator cuff injury make shoulder pain worse?

Gluteal injection: I have heard this scenario from patients multiple times and I must admit - I don't understand the rationale of the treatment. If your MD/DO wishes to treat your injury with "systemic" steroids - meaning it goes all around your body it should be done with pills - a medrol pak. An injection into the muscle typically stays right where you put it - the muscle . So the injection did not make it worse ...Read more

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Soreness in upper right arm/shoulder are for several months. Had similar issue last year in left arm which was rotator cuff injury. ?

Shoulder pain: Your symptoms in right shoulder could also be from rotator cuff or other muscles in the shoulder that could be strained or sprained. Please see your doctor to get evaluated for other causes like bone related issues as well. ...Read more

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Dx with rotator cuff injury to left shoulder area.Arm.Is still hurting bad on the side.Of upper arm and going in my arm. Took nsaid nohelp . Help?

Dx with rotator cuff injury to left shoulder area.Arm.Is still hurting  bad on the side.Of upper arm and going in my arm. Took nsaid nohelp . Help?

U need to be tested: With a mri, but before that physical therapy + nsaids should help. Steroid shots might be tried to see if they help. If the MRI confirms rc tear than you are looking at surgery so it can be repaired. ...Read more

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Shoulder rotator cuff injury 9 months ago. Tendonitis. Lump at tip of R shoulder blade size of quail egg. What is that?

AC joint.: The rotator cuff injury would not give you that lump. It may be an arthritic, or inflammed, acromioclavicular joint. See an orthopedic sport medicine surgeon, who specializes in shoulders. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Definition)

A condition in which the rotator cuff muscles (the fine motor-control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space) are injured, causing ...Read more