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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.
Dr. Marc Schneider
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Rotator cuff injury: Rotator cuff disease includes a full spectrum of conditions ranging from tendinitis/bursitis to a partial tear to a full thickness tear. Rotator cuff pain typically radiates to the lateral (outside) part of the upper arm, is mostly aggravated by use of the shoulder, but can also occur at rest (night pain) in some circumstances. Depending on the degree of injury the shoulder may also feel weak.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Clinical exam.: A clinical exam by a trained orthopedist, should give you a pretty good idea if your rotator cuff is injured. Xrays and an MRI may be necessary to determine the extent of injury.
Dr. Mena Mesiha
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Without an injury rotator cuff tears are not common in people under 40 but if you are having pain at night that is bad enough to keep you awake or wake you up, then maybe yes. If you are unable to raise your arm straight over your head (same as other side) then maybe yes. Hard to make any sweeping blanket statements, but hope this helps.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Maybe: Share some of your symptoms and we can try to help. Thank you.

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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 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
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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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