Rotator Cuff and MRI

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 15, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    In April 2012 I had an MRI for a sore shoulder/upper arm. My doctor diagnosed a slight tear in my right rotator cuff. I layed off swimming for a couple of months but eventually went back to doing laps, but never as much I had had done previous to the injury. It flared up again about 5 weeks ago and while it's gotten better it's still not healed and I'm getting frustrated because I want to get back in the pool. What's the possibility the tear has gotten larger and should I have another MRI?
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    Jun 15, 2013 3:26 AM GMT
    If the tear is bigger, the pain would be on a higher level and the duration (of the pain) much longer. Both of these findings would warrant another MRI but your doctor would be the person to make that decision. Did you doctor tell you that your condition may reoccur or did he/she give you the impression that it will completely heal on its own? Because if your pain continues to return, then you might need surgical intervention in the future. Good luck!
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    Jun 19, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    The exercises in this guy's rotator cuff book worked for me: http://goo.gl/YscVJ

    ymmv
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    Jun 21, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    RTDoran saidIf I may be so bold, I would go to Dr. Brian Cole at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush. He is the best and Dr. Nuber at Northwestern is, also, excellent. Cole is the team doctor for the Bulls and The White Sox. I have horrid shoulder issues and swear by Dr. Cole. My story is too long to tell but if you have a question, just ask me. I just did MRI's on both shoulders last month.
    Using nothing but intuition and a "hunch," this seems like the best advice.
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    Jun 22, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    I took several months off of tennis to work on my shoulder with my physical therapist, and it did wonders for me. Give PT a shot if you're interested.