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What Tests are Done For Rotator Cuff Injuries – Most Insurances Accepted

Posted on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

What Tests are Done For Rotator Cuff Injuries – Most Insurances Accepted

Rotator cuff injuries can be either a minor or severe injury. It is important that patients consult an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible to establish the seriousness of the injury. The sooner they obtain treatment, the faster they can regain their full shoulder motion and function. rotator cuff

Medical History and Physical test

An orthopedic doctor will test his patients’ range of motion by having them move their arm in various directions. After discussing their specific symptoms and medical history, the orthopedic doctor will examine their shoulder. He will check for tenderness in any region of the shoulder or if there is any deformity present.

To calculate the range of motion and function of the patient's shoulder, the doctor will ask for him to move his arm in different directions. Additionally, he will test their arm strength. The orthopedic specialist will run a number of tests to check for other medical issues that are directly related to the rotator cuff injury.

Imaging Tests

Other examinations that can help an orthopedic doctor confirm his diagnosis include the following:


Generally, the first test that is carried out is X-rays, mainly because the soft tissue in the shoulder is not usually displayed. This includes the rotator cuff. Plain X-rays of a person's rotator cuff normally reveals a tiny bone spur.

MRI or Ultrasound

To determine the severity of rotator cuff injuries, MRIs or Ultrasounds are performed. These tests often show better results and can show the actual tear to the rotator cuff. With this particular imaging test, the doctor can see where exactly the tear is and the size of the tear. Moreover, he can determine the “age” of the injury, as it can show the quality of the shoulder muscles.

Treatment Options for Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tears

There are two main treatment options available, which includes the following:

Non-surgical treatment options

Non-surgical treatment options typically include plenty of rest, activity modification, and medication. Orthopedists often advise patients to rest and restrict themselves from carrying out overhead activities. A shoulder sling is also prescribed to help patients protect their shoulder from moving too much. Medications are prescribed and they normally include drugs, for instance naproxen and ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain.

Surgical Treatment Options

Doctors may recommend a surgical intervention if patients do not feel or see any improvement after undergoing non-surgical treatment options. Prolonged pain and swelling is normally a clear indication that patients need surgery in order to repair the rotator cuff injury damage.

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