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Rotator cuff tendonitis injury - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   i went to the doctor and he said i have rotator-cuff tendonitis inpimgement and i was wondering if i should practice basketball cuz i dont want to injure it more
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   When was the injury ?
User :   well i injured it about 6 weeks ago the re-injured it a couple weeks ago
Doctor :   So are you a basket ball player?
User :   yea and practice started last week but i dint go cuz i dint know if it was ok
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   im 16 female i live in the u.s im not married im 5' 6 and i weight 120
Doctor :   Ok, Let me explain you a bit first
Doctor :   usually after the first injury and if the doctor diagnoses as rotator cuff injury
Doctor :   Then the acute management is thus
Doctor :   Apply ice to decrease swelling. Wrap the ice in a cloth to avoid freezing the skin.
Doctor :   Medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) to relive pain
Doctor :   Support the arm in a sling to rest the rotator cuff muscles. The sling may be taken off at night.
Doctor :   and complete rest for 3 weeks
Doctor :   in the sling
Doctor :   later the follow up again with the doctor
User :   so should i play basketball or no
Doctor :   I would say no
Doctor :   for sometime
Doctor :   atleast for next 6 weeks
Doctor :   and at the same time
User :   ok i will tell the coach then
Doctor :   and let me tell
Doctor :   you if you wanna play again
Doctor :   You have to reach a physio
Doctor :   who can give you exercises to perform
Doctor :   regularly
Doctor :   otherwise you are prone
User :   ok
Doctor :   to re injury
User :   i have another question
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   It is not easy for you to regain the strength unless you follow these precautions
User :   alright so i was messing around with my friend and i fell and bent my finger back and its been swollen and i cant extend it without severe pain. do u know what i did
Doctor :   So follow up my advice and go for the exercises for you to play basketball for ever
Doctor :   Where is it swollen
Doctor :   and when did it happen
User :   its swollen not at the hand knuckle but at the middle one on my finger
Doctor :   When was it?
User :   it was a few months ago
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is it still swollen now? and do you have pain extending it back?
User :   yea its still really swollen and i have the pain when extending it outward
Doctor :   Do you have pain over the swelling when you press over it?
User :   kind of i did when i first hurt it but its going away
User :   but when i play softball and pitch, it gets even more swollen and its hard to bend it
Doctor :   Didnt you ask the doctor when you last seen him for your rotatory cuff injury
User :   i was going to but my mom was being stupid and came in with me and i dont want her knowing
Doctor :   I feel there could be a crack in the bone as it is lasting too long.
Doctor :   It probably needs a partner strapping
User :   i tried that but it didnt work, like my friends dad looked at it and he thought it was tendon damage but i dont know if that right
Doctor :   The finger along with its neighbouring finger would be strapped to prevent the movement of this injured finger
Doctor :   or it sometimes is put under plaster of paris
Doctor :   for atleast 6 weeks
Doctor :   the movement of that finger should be restricted that is the main thing to be noted here
Doctor :   for a period of 6 to 8 weeks
Doctor :   even now it is not late you please get it checked with the family practitioner or the orthopedician
Doctor :   immediately otherwise it is going to be for ever, the pain
User :   ok but the only reason i havent is because i dont want to have surgery. i dont do needles so thats kind of holding me back
Doctor :   yeah I know
Doctor :   that is why I ask you to get it done now, otherwise you may need surgery
Doctor :   going further
Doctor :   I mean if you neglect
User :   ok. well i have another appointment for my shoulder thursday, so i guess i will ask him to look at it
Doctor :   yes
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User :   but if he does looks at it do u think he will tell my parents
Doctor :   s there any thing else that I could help you with?
Doctor :   He may not tell your parents if you insist on not disclosing
Doctor :   but if he gives you strap
Doctor :   then your parents may notice that
Doctor :   isnt it?
User :   ok so all i have to do is ask to disclose it and he wont say anything
Doctor :   Yes every persons information is kept confidential
User :   sweet thank you so much u have been a big help
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting Health care magic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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