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Comment from: fallen angel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I am a 31-year-old female who was involved in a car accident two years ago. I was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and underwent surgery for it.

Comment from: Inkwe, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I was playing field hockey when I was involved in a collision with a player attempting to tackle me when I tried to evade another. I fell on my right shoulder seconds before the final whistle. Despite the immediate pain I did not go for medical attention figuring that my shoulder will heal (who goes to the doctor after just falling down?). I played league games the following two weeks but my right shoulder kept being sore and I was unable to lift my arm past horizontal. Eventually I saw my doctor who referred me to radiologist for x-ray and ultrasound from which a full thickness tear of the supraspinatus was diagnosed. I was prescribed with NSAIDs and rest from sport activities. The shoulder is much better now (full range of movement and no pain except when performing a throwing motion) and seeing my doctor for follow-up soon.

Comment from: Jooli8, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I slipped and fell at work. I thought it would be ok to go back to work even though my shoulder was a little sore. Big mistake! I am a 45-year-old waitress and the repetitive motions only made it worse. Doctor said I tore my rotator cuff. I have been in physical therapy for about three weeks and have had a cortisone shot. It seems to be getting a little better but still very sore.

Comment from: jamma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was given an antibiotic called Levaquin for an abscess caused from chemotherapy. Two weeks later, still taking the Levaquin, I woke up and my arms were stuck to my sides. My oncologist sent me to physical therapy. We did stretching (very slowly) three days a week. Three months went by and the pain was too excruciating for me. Medicaid wouldn't pay for an MRI so I found out that the hospital has its own program where they will fund it if qualified. I find out that I have a torn rotator cuff in my left shoulder and mild tendonopathy in my right. I see the shoulder specialist tomorrow!!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I was in a car accident with a shoulder dislocation and a rotator cuff injury.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I have apparently torn my rotator cuff. This occurred when my small dog ran off quickly while still attached to the extendable leash. This pulled my arm sharply causing pain. I have just started physiotherapy and hope to avoid an operation.

Comment from: JDM, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

December 2009 I was biking off-road in the Alps. The day had dawned bright and clear, but by the time I topped the summit and started down the other side a blizzard was blowing up from the south. Visibility contracted and the falling snow blanketed over obstacles in the trail. I rounded a bend and slammed headlong (couldn't see to hop over it) into what turned out to be a large flat-sided rock. The impact produced a perfect flip over the handlebars and a not-so-perfect one-point landing on my outstretched right arm. Ouch! After several months of persistent shoulder pain I finally consulted an orthopedist. Tests revealed a rotator cuff tear. I was referred to a physiotherapist and started on a course of massage, stretches, and targeted exercises to improve blood supply and strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. This has been partially successful but one year later I still experience intermittent pain (particularly at night) and loss of mobility and function. Probably the outcome would have been better if I had sought treatment immediately, thus avoiding the tissue damage caused by chronic inflammation. Word to the wise!

Comment from: Archemedes, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 28

I had two cortisone injections into the shoulder. It cleared up the pain for a while, but in the long term did not work.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had a car accident last year when a single decker bus went into the back of my car. The pain in the shoulder was gradual and I managed to get physio treatment in May 2011. The physio advised me that I had whip lash and the rotator cuff and nerve endings had been damaged in the accident when I lurched forward and then back in my chair. I had 6weeks physio where I was able to raise my arm but still have problems bringing the arm back. I have been advised that this last 20% or so will take longer as the nerve endings were affected too. I can now go back to playing the sport I love (Netball) although I still have to be wary when taking the arm back too far or too quickly.

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