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Anyone know what is a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
An injury: To one of the four muscle and/or tendons that make up the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is important for shoulder functions like lifting the arm over your head or rotating it. Thanks!
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Good Question: We need a better understanding of your true diagnosis first. Do you have a strain/sprain without tear, a minor partial tear, a structural partial tear, or a full thickness tear? Each has a different prognosis and treatment. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have a rotator cuff injury/tear?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Rotator cuff tears: are common in people older than 50 -60. If you have a history of trauma, Weakness in your shoulder and pain, especially night pain then odds are you have a rotator cuff tear. Evaluation by an orthopedist or sports medicine doc will confirm the diagnosis typically by exam and MRI. Surgery is the primary treatment of Rotator Cuff tears .
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
What are the symtoms: First, why do you think you have a rc problem? Your doc could take a look at you and make a diagnosis relatively easily. Mri can see a tear but not all need surgery.
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.

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