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Which symptoms would be suspicious for a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Robert Purchase answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

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.

Answered 10/15/2015

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

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.

Answered 11/28/2013

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Dr. Robert Coats II answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

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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