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I have been diagnosed with a full/partial rotator cuff tear,

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I have been diagnosed with a full/partial rotator cuff tear, supraspinatus tendon. I am on a wait list for an orthoscopic repair within the next 3 months. It is a wear and tear injury due to progressive degenerative neck disease. I am a female/57 years old. I had some physio treatments prior to seeing the orth surgeon. I was also recommended exercises (scapular retraction and shoulder flexion/abduction with weights). The question I forgot to ask the surgeon - should I be doing these exercises with this type of tear/my age? It is not overly painful at the moment, just burns. I am going to Europe in June and have requested a cortisone shot before I go. I would appreciate your comments on this.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 7 months ago.

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Yes you can continue with these exercises.

They strengthen the surrounding muscles and ligaments and thus compensate for torn tendon.

You should avoid these exercises for a week following the cortisone injection.

That is to prevent any rerupture of the tendon.
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