A few years ago, I believe I tore my rotator cuff on my right shoulder. Since, then I have dislocated the same shoulder. Yesterday, I threw a football and think I hurt it again. I have been able to lift weights (shoulder press), but the throwing motion
has always caused pain. It constantly pops when moving around. Does this sound like a torn rotator cuff? Does this require surgery or should I just avoid the throwing motion?
A fully torn portion of your rotator cuff( which is a set of the four main tendons which support the shoulder) if you had a complete tear then this would disable part of your arm motion. It sounds that you may more likely have tendonitis of part of your rotator cuff. This may benefit for you to take an anti- inflammatory med such as Aleve 1 to 2 tablets twice a day. You may benefit from applying a cold pack to the shoulder for 15 minutes two to three times a day. Ideally I think you would benefit to see an orthopedic specialist to examine your shoulder and make recommendations based on this exam. You might have benefit from some physical therapy for example. I can't rule out the possibility that your shoulder might have need of surgery but your history does not strongly suggest this need IF YOU HAVE FULL RANGE OF MOTION OF YOUR SHOULDER.
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Anthony Bray MD
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