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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: what are symptoms of a rotator cuff injury
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (12 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Rotator cuff tear

Detailed Answer:
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You are wondering what the symptoms for a rotator cuff tear. The usual mechanism of action to cause a rotator tear is a sudden twisting of the shoulder. It causes pain all around the shoulder but mostly on the top part. There will be pain on rotating the shoulder inwards and outwards. There is usually no swelling or bruising since the tear is deep in the joint. The best way to diagnose a rotator cuff tear is with an MRI. Physical exam is not very reliable. Treatment is usually geared to toward rehabilitation. through physical therapy. Surgery is done but only as a last resort since the pain is still present after surgery and therapy is still mandated

In summary
1. Rotator cuff tear sudden twisting injury to the shoulder
2. Pain entire shoulder
3. No bruising or deformity to the joint
4. Pain on internal and external rotation
5. MRI best diagnostic tool
6, Treatment physical therapy
7. Surgery only last resort

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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

Brief Answer: Rotator cuff tear Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM wth your health care concerns You are wondering what the symptoms for a rotator cuff tear. The usual mechanism of action to cause a rotator tear is a sudden twisting of the shoulder. It causes pain all around the shoulder but mostly on the top part. There will be pain on rotating the shoulder inwards and outwards. There is usually no swelling or bruising since the tear is deep in the joint. The best way to diagnose a rotator cuff tear is with an MRI. Physical exam is not very reliable. Treatment is usually geared to toward rehabilitation. through physical therapy. Surgery is done but only as a last resort since the pain is still present after surgery and therapy is still mandated In summary 1. Rotator cuff tear sudden twisting injury to the shoulder 2. Pain entire shoulder 3. No bruising or deformity to the joint 4. Pain on internal and external rotation 5. MRI best diagnostic tool 6, Treatment physical therapy 7. Surgery only last resort I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions