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I was exercising, when I moved wrong and felt something tear in my shoulder. Now, my shoulder is lower and I can't rotate my shoulder by itself?

I was exercising, when I moved wrong and felt something tear in my shoulder. Now, my shoulder is lower and I can't rotate my shoulder by itself?

Shoulder Dislocation: Go to ER or your PCP immediately if you are concerned. If this is a shoulder dislocation, you may risk nerve damage to various nerves if it doesn't improve or reset. Also could you have torn a muscle in your rotator cuff that is also possible. Either way it should be looked right away. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shoulder impigement and rotator tear?

What is the difference between shoulder impigement and rotator tear?

See below: Impingement refers to the concept that the rotator cuff is getting pinched between the ball and a bone called the acromion (part of the shoulder girdle) in the overhead positions. Obviously, rotator cuff tear implies a a tear in the rotator cuff. Repetetive impingment could lead to a rotator cuff tear. ...Read more

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If I tear my AC in my shoulder, do I need surgery?

If I tear my AC in my shoulder, do I need surgery?

Rarely: Most ac injuries, commonly known as "shoulder separations", are treated very successfully without surgery. If there is a severe tear that results in significant pain, deformity or disfunction, then a surgery to repair or reconstruct the torn ligaments that hold the collar bone down can be done. There are even ways to do it with arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts all the time. How do I know if I have a rotary cuff tear?

My shoulder hurts all the time. How do I know if I have a rotary cuff tear?

History and exam: Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common injuries. A good history and exam is always important to find out the exact cause. X-rays and mris can sometimes aid in the diagnosis. An assessment with the physician is needed to determine if the reason for the pain is solely within the shoulder or if it can be referred from another area. ...Read more

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I have a sharp tearing feeling in my left shoulder. How can I get better?

I have a sharp tearing feeling in my left shoulder. How can I get better?

See your doctor!: Left arm/shoulder pain can be a sign of a heart attack or cardiac problems. If you have a known injury causing the feeling, then a physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon evaluation may be the way to go. But if this is new pain in the left arm, see a doctor or go to the er! ...Read more

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Why does shoulder impingment/ parial tear cause more pain at night ?

Why does shoulder impingment/ parial tear cause more pain at night ?

Sleeping in a : Comfortable position sometimes involves stretching the shoulder which would be painful. If the pain interferes with sleeping then the orthopedist may recommend advancing therapy. ...Read more

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Could a tear in my labrum in my shoulder heal by itself?

Could a tear in my labrum in my shoulder heal by itself?

No: The labrum is a structure that helps stabilize your shoulder joint as it attaches to the capsule and socket. Once torn, the fluid in your joint acts to prevent it from sticking back and the consensus is that they don't heal. The reasons to fix them are if it is associated w instability or if you have pain w/ +/- catching or mechanical symptoms. The tissue has poor blood supply. ...Read more

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Can a massage cause a SLAP Tear in the shoulder?

How vigorous?: Injuries to the superior labrum can be caused by acute trauma or by repetitive shoulder motion. An acute SLAP injury may result from car accidents, a fall onto an outstretched arm, forceful pulling on the arm (such as when trying to catch a heavy object), rapid or forceful movement of the arm when it is above the level of the shoulder, shoulder dislocation. ...Read more

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