DIAGNOSIS - Rotator Cuff Tear

How do you diagnose a rotator cuff tear?

Usually the diagnosis is made with an examination by your doctor. He or she can do special tests to determine how weak your rotator cuff muscles are. In addition, the doctor can check your motion to see if stiffness has developed.

X-rays can show bone spurs in people with rotator cuff tears. Often these bone spurs helped to create the tear.

Sometimes an MRI is ordered. This can show the doctor with great detail the rotator cuff tendon and where it is torn. If your doctor suspects a partial thickness tear (the tendon is not torn all the way through, just part of the way), an MR-arthrogram may be ordered. This involves an injection into your shoulder before the regular MRI.

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