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What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tear?

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: My daughter partially threw her arm out throwing a softball.
It was put back into place and went to a chiropractor.
Took three weeks off and then went back to softball. After three weeks she had pain again. Had PT and anti-inflammatories for three weeks and got better. She stopped the anti-inflammatories and started throwing again. Her entire shoulder hurts and pain going into ribs.
She did had elbow pain and tingling in pinkie and ring finger.
Are her symptoms a tear or impingement?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Likely to be tear or impingement.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The persistent pain on the activity even after three weeks of physiotherapy cannot be attributed to inflammation only. This is likely to be due to shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tear. This can be diagnosed only after an MRI scan of the affected shoulder.
The tingling in pinkie and ring finger are suggestive of compression of ulnar nerve due to inflammation or the tear. This needs a proper examination and investigations under the guidance of an orthopedician. Till then avoid all overhead movements. She can take mild pain killers after meals for the pain.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (8 minutes later)
PT thinks if a tear it is a slight tear due to strength testing.
Can a tear cause the pain the travel through armpit and ribs? Pt thought if anything a labrum tear not rotor cuff.
Can a labrum tear cause all this pain!
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Labrum tear less liekly.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
A small labrum tear should not cause such a persistent pain. It is better to get an MRI scan done for a proper diagnosis instead of guessing. The nerve compression symptoms also need to be taken care of. A labral tear can also cause an intense pain radiating to the ribs if proper healing is not there.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tear?

Brief Answer: Likely to be tear or impingement. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The persistent pain on the activity even after three weeks of physiotherapy cannot be attributed to inflammation only. This is likely to be due to shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tear. This can be diagnosed only after an MRI scan of the affected shoulder. The tingling in pinkie and ring finger are suggestive of compression of ulnar nerve due to inflammation or the tear. This needs a proper examination and investigations under the guidance of an orthopedician. Till then avoid all overhead movements. She can take mild pain killers after meals for the pain. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal