Category Archives: #Outpatient Medicine

7/5: Shoulder Exam with Dr. Touhy

*Take home point: Differentiate rotator cuff tendinitis or partial tear (tx with conservative management) from rotator cuff full thickness tear (need MRI and surgery!) with rotator cuff strength maneuvers*
-Red flags for rotator cuff tear: Weakness on any part of the exam with a history of a traumatic injury. Below are strength tests for each rotator cuff muscle. If your patient performs normally on all three strength tests, it is NOT a full thickness tear!