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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can i avoid a repeat rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Be smart & lucky: While there are some variables that you have the ability to control (such as how you lift, what activities you participate in, etc), there are some variables that you cannot easily control. This includes normal aging of the tendon and genetics.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Luck & strength: Rotator cuff injuries become more common as we age for several reasons. The rotator cuff tendon thins as we age and the bony architecture becomes more narrowed. This can lead to impingement and tearing of the rotator cuff tendon. In order to avoid injury, it is important to maintain strenght and flexibility of the shoulder joint. Try to avoid things that aggravate your shoulder.

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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).
A 44-year-old member asked:

What do they do to fix rotator cuff injuries?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Rotator cuff repair: Repair of a torn rotator cuff tendon is performed primarily to relieve pain associated with a tear. Most common indication for surgery is pain which is not relieved by non-operative means, such as pt, nsaids, and occasionally cortisone injections. Weakness is another common indication or surgery, but usually when associated with pain.
A 19-year-old member asked:

How do you identify a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Strength Testing: There are a series of tests a doctor can use to determine which, if any, of the rotator cuff's have been injured. In most of these tests, the physician will ask you to hold your arm out in various positions and ask you to hold it up against resistence. Pain, or inability to hold up the arm may be an indication of injury. Also, an MRI can help determine injury as well.
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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: At your age, a rotator cuff tear would be a very serious injury. It is extremely rare for a 31 year old to have a rotator cuff tear. A strain of the rotator cuff, however, usually resolve on their own without too much worry or too much long term difficulties. If may be time to see your friendly neighborhood orthopedic surgeon!

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