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    Posted: Jul 09 2012 at 10:56am
Our user asked: "Hello, I lifted a heavy suitcase straight out of a cab trunk and later found I could not do my push ups with my right shoulder being very weak. I cannot raise my arm above chest level when held out straight in front of me. I can however, raise it above my head when lying on my back. I cannot stand and put my hair in a ponytail, brushing my teeth is hard with my right hand. I can raise it with my left hand lifting it, but there is no strength at all on its own. Thanks for any innput you may have on what I should do to excersise or if I need x-rays."
 
Ask a PT Response: "It sounds like you may have injured your rotator cuff. If you haven't already, working with a PT is probably your best option as far as regaining range of motion, strength and function. A x-ray will not reveal much unless yoiu have a fracture or bony deformity. A MRI will display inflammation, tears, etc. I wish you the best of luck with your recovery."
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