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signs of rotator cuff injury

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Harhay
44 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain and difficulty: Pain with the ability to raise the arm can be a tear that is incomplete. Inability to move the shoulder might be a significant tear
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain.: Pain radiating into the upper part of the arm, night pain, and an inability, or difficulty, raising your arm overhead.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depend: If there is tear or no tear in it, most of the time if you have no tear we treat with medication and physical therapy and injections, if torn most lik ... Read More
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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often ... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Strength Testing: There are a series of tests a doctor can use to determine which, if any, of the rotator cuff's have been injured. In most of these tests, the physici ... Read More
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Dr. Daniel Mass
46 years experience Hand Surgery
MRI or ultrasound: After an orthpaedic surgeon gets a good history of a shoulder injury and x-ray demonstrate no fractures or arthritis, a physical exam is performed. If ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Coats II
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Mostly by exam: Rotator cuff disease represents a continuum of symptoms and corresponding pathology. Most people present with pain with specific activities and this ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: At your age, a rotator cuff tear would be a very serious injury. It is extremely rare for a 31 year old to have a rotator cuff tear. A strain of the r ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rohit Keswani
25 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rest and exercise: As long as it is not torn, a cuff sprain/strain resolves with rest for a couple of days with the use of anti inflammatory meds, followed by gradual ex ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Toman
18 years experience Sports Medicine
An injury: To one of the four muscle and/or tendons that make up the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is important for shoulder functions like lifting the arm ove ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me explain: Pain in the shoulder and the upper arm, limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder in certain directions and sometime weakness of the arm.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
27 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Be smart & lucky: While there are some variables that you have the ability to control (such as how you lift, what activities you participate in, etc), there are some va ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain and weakness: When the rotator cuff is injured, it first stops working. Without the rotator cuff to stabilize the shoulder, attempts to raise the arm results in imp ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mena Mesiha
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends on symptoms: Without an injury rotator cuff tears are not common in people under 40 but if you are having pain at night that is bad enough to keep you awake or wak ... Read More
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