- Q What is the rotator cuff?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineThe rotator cuff consists of four muscles and their tendons that originate from scapula and form a cuff over the upper end of the arm (head of humerus) - your shoulder joint. The cuff helps lift and rotate the arm, and stabilize the humerus within the... Full Answer
- Q How long does the healing process take after rotator cuff surgery?
Dr. William N Levine, Orthopedic SurgeryIt takes rotator cuff repairs eight to 12 weeks to "heal" (the torn tendon has to reconnect to the bone). So the first three months are focused entirely on healing (first six weeks no motion often in larger tears; and then the next six weeks on slowly... Full Answer
- Q How can I help prevent the pinching of my supraspinatus muscle?
Rick Olderman, Physical TherapyWhen your arms are down at your sides, your shoulder blade's (scapula's) resting position naturally maintains the subacromial space. Ideally, when your arms raise overhead, your shoulder blade should tilt backward (posterior tilt) in addition to sliding... Full Answer
- Q Why are rotator cuff muscle problems common?
Rick Olderman, Physical TherapyThe rotator cuff muscles run from the shoulder blade (scapula) to the arm bone. Some of the rotator cuff muscles help rotate the arm bone outward (external rotation). They must counterbalance the muscles that turn the arm bone inward (internal rotation).... Full Answer