A 51-year-old female asked:
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will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm . having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

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Dr. Marc Hirsch
51 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: You are describing some of the symptoms of rotator cuff tear. It will be easier to repair if it is only partial. The rehab afterwards is very important to restoring function so listen to the instructions and follow them as long as you are told to for best results.
Answered on Apr 19, 2014
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