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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

Dr. John Landi
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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 the constant crack/popping from crepitus due to a partial thick rotator cuff tear hinder my recovery? Its been over a year and shoulder still weak

Can the constant crack/popping from crepitus due to a partial thick rotator cuff tear hinder my recovery? Its been over a year and shoulder still weak

Yes: The term crepitance is usually a symptom we see when patients start getting arthritis in their shoulder. There is a condition known as rotator cuff arthropathy in which patients with rotator cuff problems will develop arthritis in their shoulder and it can very much affect outcome in terms of both pain and function. ...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 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 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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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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A rotator cuff tear or a slap labral tear, what to do?

A rotator cuff tear or a slap labral tear, what to do?

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

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Does anyone know whether a rotator cuff tear could be missed in imaging?

Does anyone know whether a rotator cuff tear could be missed in imaging?

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 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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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

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 more

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What anti-inflammatories would you prescribe for a rotator cuff tear?

What anti-inflammatories would you prescribe for a rotator cuff tear?

See Orthopaedist: (S)he will prescribe something for your pain and tell you if you need a surgical repair, physical therapy or merely rest. ...Read more

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If you have a rotator cuff tear will steroid injections help with the pain?

They may but: Steroids could also potentially cause more harm than good down the road....Ask your orthopedist what he/she thinks and for possible alternative injectables. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having a slap lesion and a rotator cuff tear?

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 more

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Will a rotator cuff tear cause tingling in hand?

Will a rotator cuff tear cause tingling in hand?

It can: If the swelling in the shoulder is enough to put pressure on the nerves to the hand. ...Read more

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Does a rotator cuff tear prevent you from lifting the arm up high?

Does a rotator cuff tear prevent you from lifting the arm up high?

Yes.: The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that function to lift the arm above the shoulder and help to externally and internally rotate the arm. One way of testing the rotator cuff is to hold the arm out and see if it falls. It's called the drop arm test and helps to ascertain the integrity of the muscles. ...Read more

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Pls advise which drugs can be used for a rotator cuff tear which does not require surgery. Pain is moderate but ongoing, have full movement/strength?

Nsaids?: I'm not sure what you mean by a rotator cuff tear that doesn't require surgery.
But at age 74, I would certainly try to decrease your
pain and swelling with some nsaid medications
Then I'd work on improving your range of motion and
shoulder strength with specific rotator cuff exercises ...Read more

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Can you get back to full function with enough physical therapy after a rotator cuff tear?

Can you get back to full function with enough physical therapy after a rotator cuff tear?

It depends.: If the rotator cuff tear is small and the muscles have not atropied significantly between the time of the tear and the time of the reconstruction, you should get much if not all of your function back. For this to happen it is very important to do your rehab after surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference (symptoms wise) between a shoulder sprain and a rotator cuff tear?

Yes.: A shoulder sprain refers to a stretch or bruise to the ligaments that hold the shoulder together. A rotator cuff tear refers to a muscle that has been detached from its bony insertion. ...Read more

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Can someone have a rotator cuff tear and have no pain in the shoulder but can only raise the arm a little bit?

Can someone have a rotator cuff tear and have no pain in the shoulder but can only raise the arm a little bit?

It's possible.: It is possible, but there's no way to know, until you get evaluated by a shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a rotator cuff tear and a slap tear. Should you immobilize our keep it moving as tolerated?

Different structures: A rotator cuff tear is a tear in a tendon of one of four rotator cuff muscles. You can move as tolerated, and strengthening rotator cuff muscles is part of nonoperative treatment. A SLAP lesion is a tear in the superior glenoid labrum, the cartilage that deepens the socket of the shoulder joint. An anterior posterior tear is called Superior Labral tear Anterior Posterior. Surgery is often needed. ...Read more

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I have a rotator cuff tear in my l shoulder and am suddenly hearing a clicking noise when I move it. Is it getting worse? Surgery is a month away!

Noise is expected: Tears can get larger with time, but clicking in a shoulder with a known tear is not unusual. Worsening function or pain should be brought to your surgeons attention, however. ...Read more

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Is a completely torn pec major tendon from bone a serious injury is it like a rotator cuff tear?

Is a completely torn pec major tendon from bone a serious injury is it like a rotator cuff tear?

Yes: Pec major tendon tears are much less common than rot cuff tears and are usually related to an eccentric contraction while bench pressing. Tears in the muscle belly can be treated non-operatively. Tears off the humerus leave a deformity in the axillary fold (near the armpit) and almost always require surgical fixation of the tendon back to the humerus. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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If I think I have a rotator cuff tear should I keep my arm in a sling until I can go to the doctor?

Part of the time: If the shoulder is very painful you could use the sling for comfort, but you should remove the sling frequently. It is important to avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, pushing or pulling until you are evaluated. However, a condition called adhesive capsulitis, or "frozen shoulder", can develop quickly if the joint is completely immobilized for too long. Do light, assisted movements. ...Read more

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I have a painful shoulder especially raising my arm overhead from squats and overhead pressing. Could it be a rotator cuff tear if I am only 19?

I have a painful shoulder especially raising my arm overhead from squats and overhead pressing. Could it be a rotator cuff tear if I am only 19?

Yes: Yes, it could. There are other possibilities including a tear of your labrum or issue with your Ac joint. Don't hesitate to be seen for a detailed examination and possibly further workup for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will predizone help tendonitis? Will physical therapy help a rotator cuff tear?

Will predizone help tendonitis? Will physical therapy help a rotator cuff tear?

Sometimes: Prednisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. It can reduce pain and inflammation for tendonitis but it should be used sparingly for this purpose due to side effects. PT can help some patients with rotator cuff tears, but not all. Conservative treatment for rotator cuff tears is often the preferable initial treatment for most patients. You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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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


Dr. Brian Badman
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Rotator Cuff Tear (Definition)

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 ...Read more