Rotator cuff tear

by Shan
(Brighton Mass)

An entrapment here causes a thoracic outlet syndrome, often the cause of weakness in the arm.

An entrapment here causes a thoracic outlet syndrome, often the cause of weakness in the arm.

Rotator cuff tear often occurs because of an irritated nerve in the cervical spine.

I suffer from a rotator cuff muscle tear as indicated in the MRI exam. Accordingly I am told that only surgery will heal my tear. What about any alternative treatment, instead of surgery?

Hello Shan,
I depends on how badly it's torn. If the tendon is completely ruptured, then you have no option, but that's relatively rare.

There are any number of ways of treating a torn muscle; see a local chiropractor or physiotherapist.

Important is that you have to stop what you were doing that tore the muscle, focus no proper warm up procedures and give time a chance to heal. You'll have to stop after surgery anyway.

Secondly, if this was not caused by an overexertion without proper warmup, then the neck and first rib have to be examined; there often lies the cause of the muscle tearing in the first place.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B


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