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Diagnostic Tests for Torn Rotator Cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Torn Rotator Cuff includes:

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Torn Rotator Cuff:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Torn Rotator Cuff:

Pain or weakness on outward or inward rotation of the arm may indicate a tear in a rotator cuff tendon. The patient also feels pain when lowering the arm to the side after the shoulder is moved backward and the arm is raised. A doctor may detect weakness but may not be able to determine from a physical examination where the tear is located. X rays, if taken, may appear normal. An MRI can help detect a full tendon tear, but does not detect partial tears. If the pain disappears after the doctor injects a small amount of anesthetic into the area, impingement is likely to be present. If there is no response to treatment, the doctor may use an arthrogram, rather than an MRI, to inspect the injured area and confirm the diagnosis. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers about Shoulder Problems: NIAMS)

 

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