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Dr. Brian Badman
164 doctors shared insights

Rotator Cuff Tear (Overview)

There are 4 muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff giving the shoulder lifting and rotational strength as well as contributing to stability of the shoulder joint.


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How long does a large rotator cuff tear take to fullt heal?

How long does a large rotator cuff tear take to fullt heal?

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 more

Dr. Brian Badman
164 doctors shared insights

Rotator Cuff Tear (Overview)

There are 4 muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff giving the shoulder lifting and rotational strength as well as contributing to stability of the shoulder joint.


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Partial thickness rotator cuff tear, I had no pain ever, just dullness/weakness. 1 and 1/2 yrs later my symptoms are the same, what should I do?

Partial thickness rotator cuff tear, I had no pain ever, just dullness/weakness. 1 and 1/2 yrs later my symptoms are the same, what should I do?

Rehab: The large majority of partial rotator cuff tears in patients your age are treated nonoperatively with rest and rehab/PT. That being said, some partial tears are 20%, and some are 80%. These are treated differently. It's also possible that your symptoms are not coming from the rotator cuff. Consider labral tear or nerve issue. Time to see your orthopedic doctor again to discuss additional options. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tear (Tip)

Continue your rotator cuff exercises even after you have recovered. ...See more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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Rotator cuff tear (Tip)

Very common and unless very severe can be treated with physical therapy. ...See more

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If you have rotator cuff tear, are you likely to get shoulder pain?

If you have rotator cuff tear, are you likely to get shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain: Rotator cuff tears are most often painful at the lateral shoulder area, but occasionally we find a complete tear which, while painless, prevents normal lifting and rotation of the arm.
If i were betting, i would go for pain. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of a rotator cuff tear in a baseball pitcher?

Force: The act of throwing a baseball imposes a tremendous amount of force thru our rotator cuff in a short period of time. Improper mechanics and the shear nature of time can result in gradual failure of the tendon. The greg maddux's and jamie moyers of the world are few and far between for a reason. ...Read more

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What treatment is there for rotator cuff tear?

What treatment is there for rotator cuff tear?

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 more

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How do I tell whether a shoulder injury is bursitis or rotator cuff tear? Pain when lift arm up or sideways or bear weight. Treatment method same?

Get examined: "bursitis" of the shoulder and a rotator cuff tear can present w/ very similar symptoms(pain w/ motion of shoulder away from body , night pain, etc).However subacromial bursitis will generally improve w/ time, rot.Cuff tears usually not. A simple physical exam by an ors in most cases will be give u your answer.Occ. A diagnostic injection will be needed as well.A high quality MRI is definitive. Gl! ...Read more

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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?

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

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What are the signs of a rotator cuff tear?

What are the signs of a rotator cuff tear?

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

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What is the recovery time for a rotator cuff tear?

What is the recovery time for a rotator cuff tear?

3-12 months: By 3 months you should be doing most activities normally. Full healing and remodeling of the cuff tissue takes a full yr. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tear, will i be able to do boxing again?

Rotator cuff tear, will i be able to do boxing again?

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

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How long would a minor rotator cuff tear 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 are common signs of a rotator cuff tear or injury?

What are common signs of a rotator cuff tear or injury?

Pain.: Pain radiating into the upper part of the arm, night pain, and an inability, or difficulty, raising your arm overhead. ...Read more

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How can you tell if my rotator cuff tear is severe or not?

Imaging: Best answer is through evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon. Commonly imaging with an MRI or ultrasound can quantify the location, severity, and size of the tear. ...Read more

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How long does a large rotator cuff tear take to fullt heal?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff tear?

Rotator cuff tear: There are 4 muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff giving the shoulder lifting and rotational strength as well as contributing to stability of the shoulder joint. ...Read more

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Do partial rotator cuff tears heal on there own?or surgery is needed? What is mini-open spectral tendenosis?

Healing can occur: Healing of partial thickness rotator cuff tears can occur. Your symptoms will correlate with healing or stagnation of tear versus tear progression/worsening. Repeat evaluations during a standard course of therapy over the next several months will help decipher your pathway. Subpectoral biceps tenodesis refers to an operation to secure injured biceps below the pectoralis major muscle to the humerus ...Read more

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How common are rotator cuff tears in nonathletes?

Common: It is fairly common to get a rotator cuff tear. Some tears are clearly from injury, but there can also be an arthritic impingement of the rotator cuff that can lead to a rotator cuff tear in the older population as well. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff tear surgery, how does it recover?

6 months.: Our protocol calls for 3 weeks in a sling, then we initiate physical therapy. Our patients participate in physical therapy for about 4-6 months before being released to all activities. ...Read more

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How could a rotator cuff tear be caused in baseball?

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

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Possible rotator cuff tear or impingement? How can I tell?

Best way to tell...: Is to see a doctor. A physical exam will lead to the diagnosis. This can be confirmed by mri. Thank you. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would a slight rotator cuff tear heal on its own?

Yes, it can: Depending on the size of the tear, this can get better with physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and modification of the activities that caused your pain to begin with. ...Read more

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Will a full thickness rotator cuff tear always require surgery?

Will a full thickness rotator cuff tear always require surgery?

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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Does platelet rich plasma injections work for rotator cuff tears?

Does platelet rich plasma injections work for rotator cuff tears?

Not a recognized: Treatment. While some providers use platelet rich plasma from the patient, there is no credible evidence that it helps in healing. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
5 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Thomas Deberardino
158 doctors shared insights

Rotator Cuff Injury (Definition)

Your 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 an injury to the rotator cuff, patients have pain with discrete shoulder ...Read more