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A 37-year-old male asked:

Can a person tell if there rotator cuff is injured?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Sometimes: It is fairly easy to tell if there is a massive tear in the rotator cuff by physical exam. What is more difficult is determining if there are small tears as simple bursitis and tendonitis can look the same. Thankfully the treatment for small tears is usually non surgical in most people. Mri can help with the diagnosis.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Complex Joint: The shoulder is a complex joint, & many conditions/ injuries (rotator cuff injury, bursitits, tendonitis, labral pathology, etc).Can cause pain/ weakness. Some injuries of the soulder occur due to acute injury and some are from overuse. Ii suggest you see an orthopedist for a complete exam. http://drmarkgalland.com/category/shoulder/.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
cheapest, MRI more information. shoulder specialist exam may B enough 2 send U on the right treatment course.
Sep 15, 2013
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Examination: and history tells most of the story. However sometimes X-ray and MRI are needed to determine the extent of injury. Ultrasound in real time can even tell more info about the injury. Recommend seeing a musculoskeletal sports medicine specialist for a full evaluation.

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A 59-year-old male asked:

What should I do to strengthen an injured rotator cuff?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Rotator cuff: Please see your doc who may give you as referral to a physical therapist. The PT can teach you the proper exercises. Clean up you diet if needed, i.e., remove junk food, sugar, etc. Peace and good health.

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