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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).
Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Physical exam & MRI: There are certain physical exam maneuvers and strength tests that your doctor will perform to determine the likelihood that you have a rotator cuff injury. While an MRI can help with the diagnosis, it must be used in conjunction with a thorough shoulder exam to increase its usefulness in making the correct diagnosis.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: Initial tests performed are physical examination tests, and include neer and hawkins impingement signs. Strength of the rotator cuff is assessed. If there is significant weakness identified, or pain does not improve with conservative treatment, MRI or ultrasound is needed.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
MRI.: Usually, we will get xrays first, to get an idea of the bony architecture of the shoulder, look for arthritis, and, any evidence of rotator cuff tear. But the MRI is more definitive.

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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.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
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 exercises involving rotation of the shoulder (look up codmans exercises, which are pendulum exercises for the shoulder). Perform slowly, as pain resolves, can add light weights while performing them to strengthen rtc muscles.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What do I do when I have a rotator cuff injury/strain?

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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Did you ahve an: Mri? If not ask your doc if you should have one so they can see if you have a tear.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
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 likely need surgery.
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A 57-year-old male asked:

Rotator cuff injury treatments?

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Dr. Timothy Silver
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 24 years experience
Discuss with MD: An evaluation will be needed which may include an MRI or ultrasound. Rehab with a physical therapist or occupational therapist is usually ordered unless the rotator cuff injury requires surgery as the first options. Typically requires some pain medications during the initial therapies but not always.

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