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James Criss Yelton, MD, Orthopedic Surgery:
Rotator cuff problems are some of the most common problems I see in my practice, especially in people past the age of 50 or so. It can be a degenerative process, but it’s also fairly common in younger patients, especially people involved in athletics. Typically, it’s diagnosed pretty easily by history or talking with the patient and also doing a physical exam. Usually, that’s supplemented by plain X-rays in the office, and usually you can make the diagnosis with that.
If somebody is having a lot of problems with the shoulder, especially if it is limiting them on a regular basis, there are some simple treatments that can really be helpful. Those can range from minor things like exercise and anti-inflammatory medications. Oftentimes, injections can be helpful as well. People who have this kind of problem typically can be helped quite a bit with some simple treatment in the office. So, there’s no reason to be concerned about it being a real burdensome treatment when you come to the office.
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