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Mild shoulder pain, range of motion is just 20% with constant pain. Rotator cuff ?

I had small or mild shoulder pain in the past and my range of motion in the past was 90% to 95%, but 3 days ago pain started to be very pronounced and my range of motion is very small 20% with constant pain. I can lift my hand slowly with the other hand without much pain. However, if I try to lift left hand by itself I cannot do it because it is very painful. As a kid I did damage to shoulder I just cannot recall what kind. What do you suggest I do and do you think that these symptoms look more like rotator cuff or pinched nerve? Thank you.
Asked On : Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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From your description, a rotator cuff tendonitis seems to be likely. A pinched nerve is not likely to restrict the range of movement so acutely. Provide rest to the shoulder and do a hot fomentation. You can consult your orthopedician for stronger prescription medicines.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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