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What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?

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You can’t always feel a torn rotator cuff. But in some cases, you might:

  • Have trouble raising your arm
  • Feel pain when you move your arm in certain ways or lie on it
  • Have weakness in your shoulder
  • Be unable to lift things like you normally do
  • Hear clicking or popping when you move your arm

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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