What are common terms or synonyms for rotator cuff problems?
The rotator cuff and rotator cuff tears are sometimes refered to as rotator cuff tear, RTC tear, shoulder pain, torn shoulder muscles, degenerative rotator cuff, rotary cup tear
|What is the Rotator Cuff?
The rotator cuff is a group of four mucsles which originate from the shoulder blade (scapula) and insert as a cuff of tissue around the ball (humeral head) at the top of the bone in the arm called the humerus. These four muscles rotate and elveate the arm thus the name "rotator cuff." The 4 muscles that make up the rotator cuff are the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the subscapularis and the teres minor.
What are the symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tear?
What happens when you have a Rotator Cuff Tear?
What causes Rotator Cuff Tears?
| What are the nonoperative treatment options for rotator cuff tears?
Non-operative treatment options for rotator cuff tears include: activity modifications, non-steriodal antiinflammatory medications, icing, and physical therapy or a home based shoulder exercise program.
What are the surgical treatment options for Rotator Cuff Tears?
What is rehab like for Rotator Cuff Tears?
Patients should not smoke for 8 weeks prior to surgery and 8 weeks after surgery. Smoking greatly decreases the body's healing responses and patients who continue to smoke after surgery have poorer outcomes than those who quit smoking.
Patients generally start physical therapy 2-3 days after surgery.
At 4-6-weeks patients may discontinue the sling, and begin overhead stretching exercises.
Small/medium tears may generally play golf at 6 months post-operatively. Large/massive tears may play golf at 1 year
Small/medium tears may lift weights at 6 months. Large/massive tears may lift weights at 1 year
Every person and their particular circumstances are different so the treatment for your shoulder may be different than those discussed above. Please read this information carefully. Write down any questions that you have about your injury and its treatment and discuss them with Dr. Grutter. Working together you and Dr. Grutter will determine the best treatment for you.
Rotator Cuff Physical Therapy
Therapy proceeds through 4 phases.
Phase 1: Passive Range of Motion (0 to 6 weeks).
Phase 2: Active Range of Motion (6 to 12 weeks).
Phase 3: Strengthening (10 to 16 weeks).
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