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How can I tell if I have a sprained rotator cuff or a torn one?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

I have found an ultrasound performed in the office is a very effective diagnostic test to diagnose rotator cuff tear.
An MRI is also very good, but has higher cost, and typically requires a scheduled appointment separate from the office visit.

In brief: Ultrasound

I have found an ultrasound performed in the office is a very effective diagnostic test to diagnose rotator cuff tear.
An MRI is also very good, but has higher cost, and typically requires a scheduled appointment separate from the office visit.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Dr. David Tuckman
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: MRI

Unfortunately there is no way based just on a physical examination the difference between a rotator cuff strain and a rotator cuff tear.
The only way to fully evaluate the rotator cuff is an mri.

In brief: MRI

Unfortunately there is no way based just on a physical examination the difference between a rotator cuff strain and a rotator cuff tear.
The only way to fully evaluate the rotator cuff is an mri.
Dr. David Tuckman
Dr. David Tuckman
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Dr. Charles Metzger
Yes. Or ultrasound.
Dr. Anand Murthi
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree

In brief: MRI

A good orthopedist will exam you to determine if you've torn your rotator cuff.
An MRI will provide definitive evidence.

In brief: MRI

A good orthopedist will exam you to determine if you've torn your rotator cuff.
An MRI will provide definitive evidence.
Dr. Anand Murthi
Dr. Anand Murthi
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Dr. David Tuckman
This is true but most rotator cuff tears will present the same on physical exam with pain and weakness, it is imposible to determine the difference based just on physical exam.
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