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Diagnosis Orthopedics

Rotator Cuff Tear

To diagnose this injury, a doctor takes the patient's medical history, performs a physical exam and evaluates shoulder X-rays. An MRI is often used to determine the extent of an injury and plan for surgery, if needed.

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