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Should I see a specialist for rotator cuff syndrome, or can my regular doctor take care of it?
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Specialist.
See an orthopedic shoulder specialist, who can pinpoint your problem much more readily than your regular, or family, doctor.

In brief: Specialist.
See an orthopedic shoulder specialist, who can pinpoint your problem much more readily than your regular, or family, doctor.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Good Question
Impingement syndrome as a diagnosis is increasingly controversial and i don't use it as a primary diagnosis.
You can learn more about this topic here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2013/shoulder-surgery/spur-acromioplasty-impingement/.

In brief: Good Question
Impingement syndrome as a diagnosis is increasingly controversial and i don't use it as a primary diagnosis.
You can learn more about this topic here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2013/shoulder-surgery/spur-acromioplasty-impingement/.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: Start with PCP
Most rotator cuff problems are tendinitis, which is treated conservatively - relative rest, ice, meds for pain and physical therapy.
If those treatments fail, consultation with a physiatrist or orthopedic surgeon is often helpful. An MRI is often ordered at that time. Even if the rotator cuff is torn, it might not require surgery.

In brief: Start with PCP
Most rotator cuff problems are tendinitis, which is treated conservatively - relative rest, ice, meds for pain and physical therapy.
If those treatments fail, consultation with a physiatrist or orthopedic surgeon is often helpful. An MRI is often ordered at that time. Even if the rotator cuff is torn, it might not require surgery.
Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Dr. Sean MacKenzie
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