Rotator Cuff - Injury

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How is the rotator cuff injured?

The rotator cuff can be injured because of degeneration with aging or inflammation due to tendinitis, bursitis, or arthritis of the shoulder. The rotator cuff is commonly injured by trauma (such as from falling and injuring the shoulder or overuse in sports). Rotator cuff injury is particularly common in people who perform repetitive overhead motions that can stress the rotator cuff. These motions are frequently associated with muscle fatigue.

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Comment from: kim, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I woke up (morning before 51th birthday) with sharp searing pain down left arm. I was first checked for heart attack, then follow-up with doctor, and MRI which showed partial tear and possible bicep tear. I was involved in exercise class 3 times per week, interval training with cardio and weights. I may have aggravated the rotator cuff area to the point of now having surgery.

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Comment from: Baygen, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 13

After a fall in our kitchen floor 4/25/14 my brother (who had childhood polio) dislocated his right shoulder. After the first emergency room (ER) doctor tried to reset the shoulder twice with no luck, he was sent to another ER location and a different ER doctor was finally able to reset the shoulder and he was released wearing an immobilizer. After wearing the immobilizer a few days and seeing an orthopedic doctor he was suggested therapy. After numerous therapy sessions and not improving as the therapist said he should be, he saw another orthopedic doctor who suggested an MRI and return to him. Upon return to the last orthopedic doctor who ordered the MRI, that doctor said as per the MRI, it appeared as if the shoulder ball was jammed into the shoulder socket and the rotator cuff looked damaged beyond repair, but the doctor said the rotator cuff damage appeared to be an old injury. That's not possible because he was able to use the right shoulder/arm as he did his left with no problem before his fall. He said he would not do surgery on him for fear he wouldn't pull through. As long as he doesn't do the exercises he was given to do, he doesn't hurt even though he was given pain medicines. He's not able to use his right arm as he does his left. He can't raise it out to his right at all and when he raises it forward, he has to help with his left. He's right- handed and this has really been difficult on him as it has on me, his sister. Every doctor that sees him asks if he's getting over a stroke, and I say no, he's never had a stroke, but childhood polio which left him handicapped. He walks with the aid of a cane.

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