How is a torn rotator cuff diagnosed?

Your doctor may use some of these tests to diagnose a torn rotator cuff:

  • A physical examination of your shoulder. Your shoulder will be checked for sensitivity to pain, limitation of motion, and soreness or a popping sound that occurs when you move your arm in any direction.
  • An X-ray of your shoulder.
  • An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan) and examination of your shoulder. An MRI uses magnets and radio waves to provide detailed images of internal tissues.

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