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What Is The Difference Between An Impingement And Tear Of A Rotator Cuff
Severity of condtion: With impingment, the rotator cuff is being pinched, without necessarily being torn, between the acromion of the shoulder blade and the top of the humerus. Raising your arm pinches the rotator cuff just like closing a door pinches your fingers if they are stuck between the door and door jam. A rotator cuff tear implies that the tendon is not simply inflamed but is partially or totally disrupted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Different: The rotator cuff is the tendon that attaches the small muscles of the shoulder to the ball and controls rotation. The labrum is the meniscus or shock absorber of the shoulder socket. When it is torn on the superior aspect it is called a slap (superior labrum anterior to posterior) tear. Slap tears are more common in young athletic populations while rtc tears are more common in older patients. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
What is the difference between a torn rotator cuff and a tear in the cartilage holding the rotator cuff? Which is worse?
Yes: 'slap' tears are labral( cartilage) tears that occur anterior ( in the front of) and posterior ( in the back of), the long head of the biceps tendon in the shoulder joint(hence: acronym slap).Some slap tears involve the biceps anchor itself( type 2) and can cause pain/ popping etc... The biceps tendon can tear in isolation or w/ the rotator cuff tendon(s)... Hope this helps...! ...Read more
See below: Impingement refers to the concept that the rotator cuff is getting pinched between the ball and a bone called the acromion (part of the shoulder girdle) in the overhead positions. Obviously, rotator cuff tear implies a a tear in the rotator cuff. Repetetive impingment could lead to a rotator cuff tear. ...Read more
Different structures: The ucl is the ligament holding the bones together on the inside of the elbow while the medial epicondyle is where the muscles attach at the inside of the elbow. Although they are different structures, as long as the elbow is stable the treatments are similar. Range of motion and strengthening exercises, ice and anti-inflamatories. Talk to your doctor to get the specifics about treatment. ...Read more
What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?
See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different structures: A ligament attaches between bones, and produces stability. Examples are acls and ankle ligaments. So a ligament tear produces instability. A muscle pull is tearing of muscle or tendons (which attaches muscles to bones) and produces weakness. Tendons are often repaired (such as hand tendons and rotator cuff tendons) while ligaments are often reconstructed (such as acls and ankles). ...Read more
See below: A separated shoulder is really a sprain of the AC (acromioclavicular ) joint. They are graded from 1 to 3 with 1 taking a few weeks to heal and 3 taking 6-8 weeks to heal and sometimes requiring surgery. A dislocation is when the bone (humeral head) dislocated from the glenoid socket. Usually it can be reduced conservatively. If It is recurrent, you might need surgery. ...Read more
Ligament/cartilage: A knee sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament. A ligament connects a bone to a bone. 4 major ligaments of the knee- ACL, PCL, MCL, PCL. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage structure that sits between the femur and tibia. One on the outside/lateral meniscus and one on the inside/medial meniscus. A wide # of treatments exists for each. If I can help, then www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
For a shoulder/rotator cuff injury, what is the diagnostic difference between an ultrasound and an MRI? Which is preferred?
Ones a ligament: The acl is an importan ligament (ligaments connect bone to bone), that restrains anterior or forward translation of the tibia. The patellar tendon is a tendon (tendons connect muscle to bone). They serve very different functions. The central third of the patellar tendon is frequently used to reconstruct a torn acl. ...Read more
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