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How is rotator cuff impingement diagnosed?

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Your doctor will ask about your symptoms. Then she’ll have you move your shoulder in different ways to test your strength and range of motion.

Because many other conditions share the same symptoms as impingement, your doctor will likely do an imaging test to see what’s happening inside your shoulder. This may include an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI.

From: What Is Rotator Cuff Impingement? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

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