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What is the difference between an impingement and tear of a rotator cuff?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Severity of condtion
With impingment, the rotator cuff is being pinched, without necessarily being torn, between the acromion of the shoulder blade and the top of the humerus.
Raising your arm pinches the rotator cuff just like closing a door pinches your fingers if they are stuck between the door and door jam. A rotator cuff tear implies that the tendon is not simply inflamed but is partially or totally disrupted.

In brief: Severity of condtion
With impingment, the rotator cuff is being pinched, without necessarily being torn, between the acromion of the shoulder blade and the top of the humerus.
Raising your arm pinches the rotator cuff just like closing a door pinches your fingers if they are stuck between the door and door jam. A rotator cuff tear implies that the tendon is not simply inflamed but is partially or totally disrupted.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Injury vs tearing
Impingement implies the cuff not having enough room to move vs tearing of the cuff.
Impingemnt can be caused by multiple factors and can lead to tears of the cuff.

In brief: Injury vs tearing
Impingement implies the cuff not having enough room to move vs tearing of the cuff.
Impingemnt can be caused by multiple factors and can lead to tears of the cuff.
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
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