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should i see a specialist for rotator cuff syndrome, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

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Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Start with PCP: Most rotator cuff problems are tendinitis, which is treated conservatively - relative rest, ice, meds for pain and physical therapy. If those treatments fail, consultation with a physiatrist or orthopedic surgeon is often helpful. An MRI is often ordered at that time. Even if the rotator cuff is torn, it might not require surgery.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Good Question: Impingement syndrome as a diagnosis is increasingly controversial and i don't use it as a primary diagnosis. You can learn more about this topic here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2013/shoulder-surgery/spur-acromioplasty-impingement/.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Specialist.: See an orthopedic shoulder specialist, who can pinpoint your problem much more readily than your regular, or family, doctor.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

My wife thinks I should see someone for my rotator cuff syndrome. Should I get x-rayed first?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Rotator cuff: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles responsible for shoulder movements. Plain radiographs (x-rays) can't tell whether any of these muscles or their tendons are torn. Studies of choice are MRI or possibly shoulder arthroscopy. See your pcp or an orthopedic or sports medicine specialist for evaluation. (s)he will then order the appropriate test.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do lots of people get rotator cuff syndrome, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Not that common: Rotator cuff tear , really cause inability to move the arm up, not just pain--more common inflamation of the tendons called tendinitis--get an exam.
A member asked:

Is rotator cuff syndrome curable?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Absolutely: Is all about the getting proper history, examining, treating, reexamining. Treatment could includes oral medications, injections. Evaluation include history, exam, xray, mri, referral to physical therapy, ortho, pain management. Be aware rotator cuff is a general term (we have many terms depending on findings). Remember it could take 6 months to fully recover (many time it takes less).
A 40-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor sees somebody for rotator cuff syndrome?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Orthopedic doctor: Orthopedic doctor, physical medicine.
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How can I treat rotator cuff syndrome?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Depends!: It can be primarly the results of rotator cuff tendinitis secondary to overuse. It can occur in inflammatory seronegative spondyloarthritis. It can also result from impingement syndrome, which pinches the supraspinatus tendon and mechically irritates it. I inject first. If pain improves for weeks or months or longer, great. If only a day or two of benfit, x-rays and an orthopedic visit next.

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