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    Old 10-04-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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    Rotator Cuff Tear?

    Last year in november I took a hit to my shoulder and felt an immediate dead arm. I played with it for two weeks until I basically couldn't use my arm anymore because of the pain in my shoulder. The doctor diagnosed me with a subluxation and had me do PT. After a month or so of PT I gradually got back into weight lifting. On the second day of padded american football practice the next season, my shoulder returned to the same form. The doctor told me I have an impingement but we did not do an MRI because that would hurt my chances of getting into the military. I am trying to do PT and get it back to full strength but it doesn't seem to be working. The pain I have is in the outer portion of my shoulder and sometimes down a little ways into my bicep. When I move my outstretched arm inward, outward or up I feel sharp pain. When I don't move the shoulder there is a usually a constant ache type pain. When I move my arm there is also a cracking noise in my shoulder. There is weakness in my shoulder but not weakness that makes your arm drop in a drop arm test for the rotator cuff. The pain is much worse than when I first injured it and the Physical Therapist said it is weaker than it was last year. Is it possible i have a rotator cuff tear?

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    Old 10-10-2016, 06:43 PM   #2
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    Re: Rotator Cuff Tear?

    It sounds like rotator cuff or impingement. My symptoms where pain in my deltoid area when I would do certain movements like a high row or face pull. My shoulder blade would ache. I had a tear in my supraspinatus cause by the impingement. It didn't help that in have the narrow space in my shoulder I also developed a bone spur which rubbed a hole in the tendon. The only way to tell anything for sure is through a MRI with dye injected in the shoulder joint. Sometimes things will get better but if you have impingement it's pretty hard to change bone structure without surgery.

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