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GP Spotlight – How to spot a Rotator Cuff Injury

June 18, 2017

 

A typical history would be pain felt over the deltoid muscles where it inserts on the humerus, the upper arm bone.  The pain is fairly non-specific and generalised but focusses on this area.

This pain is usually worse at night and is aggravated by use of the arm at or around shoulder height such as reaching overhead for objects, putting on shirts and jackets etc.

The clinical findings under examination are normally some muscle bulk in deltoid and also usually of the supraspinatus muscle belly when looking at the patient from behind the muscle bulk above the blade of the shoulder will be smaller on the side with the cuff problems.

For further information about clinical signs click on the Shoulder Arthroscopy site.

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