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Rotator Cuff Tear Signs
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
Top: The rotator cuff are a group of 4 muscles/tendons that help raise your arm up away from your body. Superior refers to the top or upper part of the rotator cuff. So a rotator cuff tear that extends through the superior part of the cuff simply means it is torn and the tear extends through the upper part of the cuff. Don’t hesitate to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small tears commonly: Samller partial thickness tears can often be missed on routine mris. Really a thorough history and detailed physical examination should discern over 95% of all rotator cuff tears. The MRI should really only be a preop surgical tool to ascertain whether any other concomitant pathology exists that may also require more surgery and help with efficient use of or time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: http://www.theshouldercenter.com/rotator-cuff-tear.htm an acute injury can result in significant weakness but not mean that there is a large tear. We need more information and a clearer extent of pathology and diagnosis. A drop arm test by itself is not sufficient to make the decision for surgery. Consider a more detailed evaluation with a shoulder specialist to review your options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can someone give me a link for a good resistance band workout for partial thickness rotator cuff tear including the labrum? A bunch of exercises
Physical therapy: The physician that made this diagnosis can send you to a physical therapist that can direct you in a home program that you can do yourself. It is best to initially get individualized guidance so you can do it on your own. It is important that you stick to a regular exercise program ...Read more
I believe to have a rotator cuff tear( currently deployed cannot see a professional). Why is one shoulder lower and how can I correct it? Thank you
Cuff strengthening: Try your best to maintain a full range of shoulder motion. With your arm bent at a right angle (90 degrees) raise your arms upward from your side. Have a friend provide some resistance to raising your arm too. Rotator cuff tear is not present if no pain with resistance. Pain with resistance may be either an inflamed rotator cuff, partial thickness tear or small full tear. Phys therapy if possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
Partial rotator cuff tear year and half ago. Never had any pain but when I lift weights there is a weakness/stiffness. Should i continue to lift?
I have a 50% rotator cuff tear. At what point should it be repaired? I just had a cortisone shot about 2 weeks ago which is already wearing off.
See a shoulder doc: Slap tears cause vague pain, sliding with overhead use, painful clicking or popping sensations with shoulder motion, especially overhead activity. Rtc tears cause night pain, pain with overhead activity, and functional loss with daily activity. Rtc pain is typically in the anterolateral aspect of the shoulder. If you are having these symptoms see a shoulder specialist. ...Read more
What does rotator cuff tear pain typically feel like at rest, say while sitting down with arm not doing anything?
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