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A 37-year-old member asked:

How to tell if i have a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 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.
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Dr. Marc Schneider
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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.
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 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.
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Dr. Mena Mesiha
Orthopedic Surgery 16 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.
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Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 19 years experience
Maybe: Share some of your symptoms and we can try to help. Thank you.
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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 26 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.
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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 39 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.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 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 25 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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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for rotator cuff injuries?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 24 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).
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