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Old 02-03-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
Jimmy L. Walker
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MRI In Plain English

I recently had an MRI on both of my shoulders. Can someone interpret the impression in plain English?

Right Shoulder:

1. Under surface and bursal surface tear of the anterior supraspinatus tendon with tendinopathy seen elsewhere within the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons.

2. Mild lateral down sloping of the acromion.

3. Mild subacrominal/subdeltoid fluid which most likely represents subacrominal/subdeltoid bursitis but is nonspecific.

Left Shoulder:

1. Intrasubstance partial tear of the infraspinatus tendon as well as tendinopathy seen of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons.
2. Mild lateral down sloping of the acromion.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:56 AM   #2
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Re: MRI In Plain English

R shld

1. Tendonitis and some slightly tearing of your supraspinatus (rotator cuff tendon) + tendonitis of infraspinatus (rotator cuff tendon)

2. Curving down of the acromion means that you're more likely to get impingement... it's not an injury in itself and normally increases as we age because of bony outgrowth from aggravation. Just need ot be careful with this.

If you''re doing crossfit I would avoid exercises like sumo deadlift high pulls and such things like that. Do not internally rotate the shoulder in abduction (it you know what that means)

3. Fluid = swelling = a bit of excessive inflammation. In this case they suspect its bursitis which is usually from overuse (which would be consistent with tendonitis)

L shld

1. Same thing as #1 for R shld
2. Same as #2 for the R shld

Hope that helps
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