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How is a rotator cuff tear diagnosed?

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To find out if you have a torn rotator cuff, your doctor ask you about your injury and check your shoulder's range of motion, muscle strength, and any movements that hurt. You may also get:

�An MRI. This uses radio waves and a powerful magnet to make detailed pictures of your shoulder.

�X-rays, to see if the top of your arm bone (humeral head) is pushing into your rotator cuff space.

�An ultrasound, to see the soft tissues (tendons and muscles and the bursas) in your shoulder.

From: What Is a Rotator Cuff Tear? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center: “Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Massachusetts General Hospital, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine: “Shoulder -- Torn Rotator Cuff.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rotator Cuff Injuries.”

OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center: “Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Massachusetts General Hospital, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine: “Shoulder -- Torn Rotator Cuff.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rotator Cuff Injuries.”

OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 17, 2017

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