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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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A 41-year-old member asked:

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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

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 46-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for rotator cuff injuries?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
PE, MRI, US: The first step in evaluating for a rotator cuff tear is talking to the patient about their symptoms and performing a good physical exam (pe) of the shoulder. Often xray's are done to look at the bones. To more accurately look at the rotator cuff, a MRI is commonly done. Mri's are the standard diagnostic test. Some providers are skilled at looking at the rotator cuff with an ultrasound (us).

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