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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.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Shoulder pain.: Pain with shoulder movements, inability to lift your arm overhead and night pain are the most common symptoms.

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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 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.
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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