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Your Normal Shoulder Pain Can Be A Case of Muscle Tear

Muscle Tear

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Highlights

  • 70 percent elderly people are living with shoulder pain.
  • In case of limited motion of arm’s range, patients are diagnosed as frozen shoulder.
  • In case of rotator cuff tear, the muscle over the shoulder gets torn.
  • 70 percent patients suffering with Rotator Cuff Tear are treated earlier under frozen shoulder treatment.

Hemant (18), a young national level wrestler from Bhiwani, Haryana, suffered a severe shoulder injury during a wrestling competition. He was previously diagnosed with frozen shoulder for which Hemant took steroids to get relief from the prolonged shoulder pain.

When he reached to BLK hospital, doctors detected him with muscle tear commonly known as ‘Rotator Cuff Tear’ (RCT). Like Hemant, Dr V K Saraswat, eminent scientist and member of NITI Aayog also got treated for RCT.

Hemant’s shoulder pain stayed for week. Recently, he underwent a minimal invasive Arthroscopic surgery to get rid of his shoulder pain. After surgery, he is full of beans and planning to go back to the wrestling arena again.

According to health experts, the normal shoulder pain prevailing for more than weeks is not necessary a case of frozen shoulder. Experts opine that 70 percent elderly people are living with shoulder pain.

“In case of limited motion of arm’s range, patients are diagnosed as frozen shoulder. But in case of rotator cuff tear, the muscle over the shoulder gets torn. We are witnessing around 70 percent patients suffering with Rotator Cuff Tear. But they were treated earlier under frozen shoulder treatment”, Dr  Deepak Choudhary, Director, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine at BLK Super Speciality Hospital told TheHealth.Today.

What is the treatment?

Health experts suggest that timely diagnosis can detect the problem of rotator cuff tear. Patient can get rid of shoulder pain with a minimally invasive surgery (Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair). They can also actively perform routine chores post surgery.

Surgery is the only option?

“Surgery is not the only choice in cases of Rotator Cuff Tear. Small size of tear can be treated without surgery if diagnosed at early stage. Patients need to undergo surgery only if the size of the tear is large. It takes 4-6 months to recover completely after the surgery,” said Dr Choudhary.

People suffering from shoulder pain should be aware about the RCT. They should be told about the availability of an effective Arthroscopic treatment RCT,” informed Dr Shiv Chouksey, Associate Consultant, Centre for Sports Medicine, BLK Super Specialty Hospital.

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