Our expert says:
My diagnosis over the long distance is that your mother more than likely is suffering from a rotator cuff tear – the rotator cuff is the tendon which connects the inside muscle of the shoulder to the humeral head. If you want to look at our website (www.shoulderinstitute.co.za) and look under “rotator cuff tear”, you will find more details about this condition. One should note that if she does suffer such a tear, it will not be seen on an x-ray and that it is often missed on ultrasound scans. The best advice I could give you is that she should be examined by a shoulder specialist who would be able to make the diagnosis and advise further treatment. If this was a tear of the rotator cuff, an arthroscopic repair usually leads to total relief and full recovery.
DR J DE BEER
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