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Surgery needed for torn rotor cuff

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Old 03-08-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Surgery needed for torn rotor cuff

I recently had a MRI for a tore rotor cuff. The doctor did not say if its partial or full. He did not offer any pt or meds. My arm hurts very bad. The issue is financial. I will only get half pay and I hear from friends that I will be out of work 4-6 months. Is this true. This will be very bad. My wife had her knee cap removed 4 months ago and is still recuperating so this will be a burden on her. I don't know what to do I am in a great deal of pain but would like to try a cortizone shot and anti-inflamitories . Will this method help. Thank you. oliversmom55

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: Surgery needed for torn rotor cuff

Doctors say torn cuff often but if you read the preceeding posts you will realise that this is hardly a diagnosis. So is it the capsule of the joint or a tendon or muscle and if so which one. Lots of creedence on scans which may or may not paint a true picture. See a physical therapist who has credentials in orthopaedic medicine, recent write ups in medical magazines say the are the pros for joint conditions.

Old 03-25-2012, 03:31 PM   #3
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Re: Surgery needed for torn rotor cuff

I tried stopping activities that were causing pain. I immobilized my shoulder with a sling and iced the shoulder two to three times each day and took ibuprofen
Someone told me that some minor rotator cuff tears can heal without surgery with a good stretching and exercise program. But without knowing how big the tear is or where it is or what you do for a living, I don't have any idea if this will help. For me, I gave it 6 weeks to feel better, then I got a steroid injection, then gave it another two weeks. Eventually the answer became clear: surgery was the only option that would help. Unfortunately, this was not the end of it for me. I needed a second surgery so it's now been 9 months since the initial onset of pain. Hopefully, you will have a MUCH better outcome.

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