ROTATOR CUFF TEAR DIAGNOSIS
As a fellowship-trained knee, shoulder and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Goradia is very familiar with these injuries and can detect a rotator cuff tear via a series of examinations and tests. When you visit the office, Dr. Goradia will discuss your symptoms and the circumstances around the time when they first appeared.
During the appointment, you will also be asked to move your arm in several directions or to hold it in various positions to determine any areas of pain, discomfort or weakness in the shoulder. X-rays may also be utilized to see problems within the bones themselves, though other tests may be needed to confirm a rotator cuff tear.
MRIs are also occasionally used in the diagnosis of a rotator cuff tear. Not all shoulder pain requires an MRI, but they may be ordered if needed. In some cases, Dr. Goradia may conduct an arthrogram with an MRI, known as an MR arthrogram. This test requires a radiologist to inject dye into the shoulder prior to the MRI to improve visibility, and may be needed if a labral tear is suspected.