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Rotator cuff injury

Also known as Rotator Cuff Tear and Rotator Cuff Rupture

A rotator cuff tear is a tear of one or more of the tendons of the four rotator cuff muscles. A rotator cuff injury can include any type of irritation or damage to the rotator cuff muscles or tendons.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with rotator cuff injury, 94% report having shoulder pain, 31% report having arm pain, and 18% report having shoulder stiffness or tightness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of rotator cuff injury are shoulder pain, shoulder stiffness or tightness, shoulder weakness, arm cramps or spasms, shoulder swelling, and abnormal appearing tongue, although you may still have rotator cuff injury without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with rotator cuff injury often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, physical therapy exercises, magnetic resonance imaging, application of splint, other therapeutic procedures on muscles and tendons, other non-or therapeutic procedures on musculoskeletal system and arthroplasty other than hip or knee .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with rotator cuff injury include triamcinolone topical product, bupivacaine, rocuronium, cortisone, sevoflurane, mepivacaine (carbocaine), desflurane, diclofenac topical product, nitrous oxide, dexamethasone / lidocaine, rapacuronium, aspirin / carisoprodol and sulfur topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for rotator cuff injury include age 60-74 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 5-14 years and age 1-4 years almost never get rotator cuff injury.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.0x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
1.9x
60-74 years
1.9x
75+ years
1.2x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.2x
Other
0.6x
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