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What is a torn rotator cuff tendon like?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Painful and weak

A torn rotator cuff tendon is usually quite painful, especially at night or during forceful shoulder motion.
The rotator cuff starts out as 4 individual muscle attached to the shoulder blade. As they approach there insertion onto the tuberosities of the humerus, they come together to make a tendonus cuff. When this cuff of tissue is torn, active shoulder motion becomes difficult. Needs surgery.

In brief: Painful and weak

A torn rotator cuff tendon is usually quite painful, especially at night or during forceful shoulder motion.
The rotator cuff starts out as 4 individual muscle attached to the shoulder blade. As they approach there insertion onto the tuberosities of the humerus, they come together to make a tendonus cuff. When this cuff of tissue is torn, active shoulder motion becomes difficult. Needs surgery.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Rotator cuff tear

Most common complaints associated with a rotator cuff tendon tear include pain in the upper arm, increases with lifting or reaching, pain at night, and sometimes weakness with lifting.

In brief: Rotator cuff tear

Most common complaints associated with a rotator cuff tendon tear include pain in the upper arm, increases with lifting or reaching, pain at night, and sometimes weakness with lifting.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine

In brief: Weakness, pain

You have weakness when trying to raise your arm over your head, associated with pain.
Typically rotating your arm in or out (such as with putting on a shirt) is also painful. An MRI of your shoulder can diagnose it best.

In brief: Weakness, pain

You have weakness when trying to raise your arm over your head, associated with pain.
Typically rotating your arm in or out (such as with putting on a shirt) is also painful. An MRI of your shoulder can diagnose it best.
Dr. Robert Stuart
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