Dr. Rockwood, Jr. explains how rotator cuff injuries are treated.
Dr. Rockwood, Jr.:
Most of the rotator cuffs that I have ever seen in women have been a strain of the rotator cuff and not an actual tear of the tendons. And those are treated maybe with some anti-inflammatory medications, maybe some pain medication, a little rest, moist heat, a gentle stretching program followed by a gentle strengthening program.
It has to go very slow and very easy. You cannot force the rehabilitation. If the tendons are okay, it is just going to take time to get over a sprain, just like a athlete would do if he sprained his knee ligaments or has a hamstring pull. You know, it just takes time to get over that, and I think that, that’s usually what we see and what we do for women.
About Dr. Rockwood, Jr., M.D.:
Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., M.D., continues to perform complex shoulder surgery in his private practice, and as a consultant, lends his expertise to other orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country. Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks.
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