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Which symptoms would be suspicious for a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Pain and weakness: Most patients with a rotator cuff tear have pain throughout the shoulder region which can be quite severe at night. You may have mild stiffness, but significant stiffness suggests other problems. Your pain most likely will be made worse with overhead activities and lifting objects. You may experience weakness with similar activities. It is best to see a doctor to get it checked out.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Sub deltoid pain: Patients with injuries of the rotator cuff typically complain of pain into the upper arm. It usually travels down to, but not usually below, the elbow. Pain is worse with lifting or reaching, especially above shoulder level. The affected arm feels weak. It may awaken you at night, or prevent you from falling asleep. There is absence of numbness or tingling.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Pain worse at night.: Shoulder pain is the most common symptom of rotator cuff disease. The pain is often associated with shoulder motion. Pain is typically relieved with ice, rest, and anti-inflammatories. When pain becomes constant or worse at night, those are signs of rotator cuff disease that has progressed to a tear.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: Symptoms vary with severity, but usually pain when you try to use the arm, particularly elevating the arm to reach out for something, difficulty lying on that side at night, pain radiates to the side of the upper arm. With a severe rotator cuff tear you may not be able to lift the arm above shoulder level due to a complete tear. Weakness of certain muscles called external rotator muscles as well.
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What are the milder symptoms of a minor rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Pain, weakness, etc: Rotator cuff disorders (tears, strains, contusions, impingements, tendonopathies/tendonitis, etc) cause activity related shoulder pain. Pain is often worse when lifting or rotating the arm away from the body or with overhead activities including throwing. Pain can occur at rest, particularly at night. Other symptoms include weakness, loss of motion, noise/crepitus. Throwers lose velocity+location.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
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 improper motion. This in turn causes pain and weakness. An injury may resolve on its own after 4-6 weeks when the rotator cuff recovers. If it has torn, it will not heal on its own and may need a repair.

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