Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Steinberg Answers Questions About Rotator Cuff Surgery and Partial Tears

Question: I was told by a doctor that I have a partial tear on MRI of my rotator cuff. Do I need to undergo urgent surgery as recommended?

Answer: Be very careful.  MRI's are notorious for over interpretation.  These findings could represent fraying of the rotator cuff or simply tendinitis of the rotator cuff.  Most patients will respond to conservative non-operative treatments such as therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and/or injection.  If these should fail to resolve the symptoms of pain and weakness, then the next option would be arthroscopic surgical intervention.

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Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Steinberg

On left: Kevin M. Kaplan MD, Head Physician Jacksonville Jaguars.
On right: Bruce Steinberg, MD, 18-Year Team Physician Jacksonville Jaguars - Upper Extremity Specialist. 

Orthpaedic Specialist Dr. Steinberg Answers Questions About Thumb Arthritis

QUESTION: If I have surgery to replace the arthritic joint of my thumb (first CMC joint) how long will the recovery take? I have been told by hand surgeons here in Jacksonville that it takes a year.

ANSWER: While the older techniques would take a year for recovery, the vast majority of patients with more advanced techniques will be using the thumb at six weeks and finish their recovery process by 10 weeks.

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