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What can I do to improve my rotator cuff without surgery?

What can I do to improve my rotator cuff without surgery?

Physical therapy: Many cases of rotator cuff tendinitis and small partial tears respond very well to physical therapy in addition to various types of injection therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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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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What can I do to address rotator cuff pain?

What can I do to address rotator cuff pain?

Rest: There are many ways to approach this. The first treatment is usually a period of rest. An injured rotator cuff that stops functioning causes more pain, weakness, and damage when you are forcing it to move. Depending whether there is a tear in the rotator cuff, range of motion exercises are next. Finally, exercises to restore cuff function follows. Tears would not heal and end up with repairs. ...Read more

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Can a rotator cuff tear heal on its own without surgery? What do I have to do?

Can a rotator cuff tear heal on its own without surgery? What do I have to do?

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 more

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What to do if I have osteochondritis dissecans (ocd) in my elbow and i may need to get surgery. Does arthroscopic surgery help and lessen pain?

What to do if I have osteochondritis dissecans (ocd) in my elbow and i may need to get surgery. Does arthroscopic surgery help and lessen pain?

Perhaps: Talk to an elbow specialist who can review your particular situation. The best treatment will depend on the overall health of your elbow joint and the soft tissues around it. ...Read more

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How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

My patients: Have 4 weeks of homehealth and then 8 weeks of outpatient. Followed by a home therapy program. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a strained rotator cuff?

What can I do to treat a strained rotator cuff?

Rotator cuff: Start with some easy exercises to work the muscles of the shoulder blade that the rotator cuff attaches to. This will take some of the strain off the cuff. Use a rag and wipe a surface in the numbers of a clock face from the center up to 12:00 then back to center then 1:00 and so on. Start on a flat table top and gradually work your way up to a mirror or other vertical surface. ...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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Torn rotator cuff symptoms and numbness in hands, what can I do to treat this?

Torn rotator cuff symptoms and numbness in hands, what can I do to treat this?

See below: Pain in the shoulder with numbness and tingling in the hands may be due to a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. This can often improve on it's own with rest and anti-inflammatories, but if your pain lasts greater than one week or gets worse see your physician. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent shoulder tendinitis?

Avoid overuse injury: Most cases of tendinitis of the shoulder involve either the rotator cuff tendons and/or the biceps tendon. Tendinitis occurs when the tendon in question becomes chronically overloaded. This invokes a local injury response that results in inflammation ("-itis") and the symptom of pain. Good conditioning for endurance and strength and adequate rest between exercise sessions helps prevent tendinitis. ...Read more

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What can I do to bend the knee after arthroscopic surgery?

What can I do to bend the knee after arthroscopic surgery?

Depends: Many types of conditions are treated arthroscopically. Please ask your surgeon on your limitations and rehab protocol. They may have restrictions on range of motion and weight bearing depending on what was done. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to improve a nerve injury in my wrist?

What exercises can I do to improve a nerve injury in my wrist?

Wrist flexibility: Certain exercises that increase flexibiliity especially in the carpal tunnel can help symptoms of nerve compression. Ultimately, strengthening the affected forearm muscles can also help in the long run. But first you need to calm down the nerve symptoms and try to minimize any exacerbating activity. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

See below: Symptoms vary with severity, but usually pain when you try to use the arm, particularly elevating the arm to reach out for something, difficulty lying on that side at night, pain radiates to the side of the upper arm. With a severe rotator cuff tear you may not be able to lift the arm above shoulder level due to a complete tear. Weakness of certain muscles called external rotator muscles as well. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of my Achilles tendon injury? I can't put any weight on it without pain.

What can I do to take care of my Achilles tendon injury? I can't put any weight on it without pain.

MRI: You need to determine the extent of the injury. A tear is treated differently than a strain which is treated differently than just inflammation. You may need anything from a heel lift to a cast to surgical repair. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about shoulder AC and rotator cuff repair surgery?

Significant procedur: Both procedures are significant operations which require extensive rehabilitation if you have these procedures performed you will likely require about six months of rehab to be close to normal. ...Read more

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My shoulder tends to dislocate. What surgery or operation can help me with this?

My shoulder tends to dislocate. What surgery or operation can help me with this?

Stabilization. : If you have repetitive shoulder dislocations then you need a stabilization procedure. This tightens your loose capsule or repairs your labrum. This can usually be done arthroscopically. If you have dislocated more than three times you have an increase risk of developing arthritis in the shoulder. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent weakness after wrist ganglion surgery?

What can I do to prevent weakness after wrist ganglion surgery?

See below:: Weakness in the wrist is from being rested after the surgery, for about 10-14 days. Keep exercising the fingers to keep the strength but also to prevent stiffness in them. If more severe which does not improve, check with your surgeon. ...Read more