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Mon, 09 Apr 2018

Do You Have A Torn Rotator Cuff? Check These Symptoms!

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side.  A torn rotator cuff is a very common shoulder injury that can be caused from repeated movements while playing sports, performing a job function or doing common household chores such as yard work.  Other common causes of a torn rotator cuff include falling, lifting or pulling a heavy object, or in some cases bone spurs in the shoulder.

With repeated motion, the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder socket can become torn. A torn rotator cuff can be both painful and inconvenient, which is why it is so important to get a diagnosis early if you think you may have this injury.

4 Common Symptoms of a Torn Rotator Cuff

Some of the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:

  1. Pain– Many people feel a dull ache in their shoulder joint in association with a torn rotator cuff. The pain is typically felt deep in the joint and can increase with movement of the shoulder.
  2. Limited range of motion– If you have a torn rotator cuff you may find it difficult to reach behind your back, lift your arm over your head, or lift your arm laterally.
  3. Disturbed sleep– Because of the pain in the shoulder, many people find it difficult to sleep, particularly on the side of the injured arm.
  4. Weakness– Muscle weakness in the arm on the injured side of the body is a common symptom of a torn rotator cuff.
  5. Crackling sensation – when moving the shoulder in certain directions.

An orthopedic doctor will diagnose a rotator cuff injury by palpating the area and doing a series of range of motion tests. In some cases scanning equipment is used to identify damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder joint.

Common treatments for a torn rotator cuff include rest, joint immobilization and physical therapy. Many people recover from rotator cuff injury with physical therapy exercises that improve flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint; however, in extreme cases, surgery may be recommended.

Shoulder injuries such as a torn rotator cuff should be treated immediately to prevent further damage and start the healing process as soon as possible.  See a physician right away if you have a sudden loss of motion after an injury — you could have a substantial rotator cuff tear.

If you have pain lasting longer than a few weeks or you’ve been formally diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, you need to be seen by a shoulder specialist, because some of the surgical procedures are time sensitive. Please contact Miller Orthopedic Specialists today if you think you may have torn your rotator cuff!

Tue, 13 Mar 2018

Bunions: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Podiatry for Bunions!

Even though bunions are a common foot deformity, there are numerous misconceptions about them. A bunion (also referred to as hallux valgus) is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. The classic bunion bump forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Bunions are a progressive disorder that can become very painful and are most often caused by:

  • Heredity – some people have certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion.
  • Medical condition – inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or a neuromuscular condition, such as polio. 
  • Wearing poorly fitting shoes – in particular, shoes with narrow, pointed toe box that forces the toes into an unnatural position.

Bunions can also form at the base of the little toe – this is referred to as a “tailor’s bunion” or bunionette. 

Symptoms of bunions may include:

  • Pain and soreness
  • Numbness
  • A burning sensation
  • Swelling at the joint of the affected toe
  • Skin thickness at the base of the affected toe
  • Redness
  • The presence of corns or calluses
  • Movement restrictions within the affected toe

The presence of bunions can lead to other conditions developing such as pain and swelling (bursitis), arthritis, difficulty walking, hammertoe and much more. 

Bunions are readily apparent—the prominence is visible at the base of the big toe or side of the foot. However, it is recommended that someone that suffers from the condition see a podiatrist to fully evaluate the degree of the deformity and asses the changes that have occurred. Once the doctor has made an evaluation, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to the patient’s needs.

Contact Miller Orthopedic today if you are experiencing bunions so we can develop a treatment plan!

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