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Torn Rotator Cuff

Discussion in 'Orthopaedic Surgery' started by Lals, Apr 7, 2007.

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  1. Lals

    Lals Loner/Rebel 2+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    I realize that this may not be the appropriate place to solicit medical advice, and nor do I seek it. However, I fear I may have recently torn my rotator cuff and am anxiously awaiting my appointment with an Orthapedist so I may get an MRI (I have already had x-rays, which were negative). In the mean time, my question is simply thus: in the case of a minor tear, may the muscle/tendon heal to normal strength without surgery, given enough time? Again, I realize this forum is no substitute for visiting a physician, but if anyone can offer any information while I wait, it is appreciated.
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  3. PediBoneDoc

    PediBoneDoc 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    i was surprised that this wasn't taken off the forums. so since it is still here i will reply.

    although i have little to go on like a clinical history (demographics, symptoms, past treatments, pmh, ROS, physical, etc.), i will give you the basic treatment for most shoulder injuries.

    if you fall into the young (<40) patient with history of a traumatic injury to the shoulder, symptoms are excruciating pain especially at night, and you are unable to lift your arm above your head, then you may have an acute rotator cuff tear and that should probably be fixed surgically.

    if you do not fall into the acute traumatic tear of the rotator cuff or as most patients call it "the rotary cup", then the initial treatment will be therapy. unless the MRI shows some major retracted tear.

    so there you go, you will likely get a PT script and some NSAIDS.
  4. DrMom

    DrMom Official Mom of SDN Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    please do not use the forums for any kind of medical advice.

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