Patient Comments: Rotator Cuff - Injury

How did you injure your rotator cuff?

Comment from: jhc1115, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I had an auto accident where a car spun out of control in a snow storm and struck the tow hitch on my SUV. The next morning while getting into the car, I could not adjust the seat belt which was loose and I also noticed difficulty bending my right knee to get into the car. I saw an orthopedic surgeon about the knee and had one surgery and then a month later still another to clean an infection which lingered. I was assigned two crutches to use by the hospital physiotherapist and my left shoulder hurt badly although it was not the weak side weighing down on the crutch. After a few fumbles in getting this checked out, a pain management doctor ordered three MRIs which were done a full year after the accident and then another doctor told me I had a "full tear of the rotator cuff". It should be known that if the pain is dull or slight or, as in my case a secondary injury, it does not follow that a minor injury is being felt. I am now waiting on the auto insurer's decision on coverage for the surgery my doctor said is needed.

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Comment from: Gracie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I fell off one of my horses, landing on the point of my right shoulder. Rest and gradual resumption of use seemed to take care of things. I was re-injured 18 months later when taking a kayak down from overhead storage straps and a buckle snapped. Both the injuries hurt now.

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Comment from: bluesky7, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

About sixteen years ago I was wrestling around with friends when i was thrown down on my right shoulder. I went to the hospital after not being able to sleep all night and was told that my tendons had been overextended and I would need to wear my arm in a sling for a week.

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Comment from: nmurph, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I have both shoulders repaired. I think my right shoulder cuff was a repetitive use from years of racquetball. I can't identify what happened with the left shoulder. Both shoulders were done by the same OS. The R was done 5/07 and the left was done 12/09. The right shoulder was also operated on 12/10 for a rotator tear (my son hyper-extended it in the pool the labrum repair was far more painful but a quicker recovery to regular activities). I have two very good shoulders though the right gets sore if I throw the baseball hard for long. It doesn't trouble me enough to seek advice or treatment. The left doesn't give me any problems.

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Comment from: liv2ryt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

Waterskiing, a year ago, the tremendous pull of the boat on an aging (60 year old) body! It seemed to heal, but in late December, I fell in slippery snow and landed on my upper spine and shoulders--and pain arrived shortly thereafter. I went to therapy, practiced the exercises given (about 6 weeks). Pain returned in the right shoulder, neck and arm. In June, I finally received 2 cortisone shots which helped for about 2-3 weeks. Pain has returned and sometimes extends to the right elbow and hand. Today I go back to my GP for suggestions as to how (or if?) to proceed.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

I injured my rotator cuff lifting a wardrobe going up a flight of stairs. I was at the top and had to lift the furniture using just my right arm. Have had pain for the past 9 months.

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