Shoulder impingment diagnosed by my rheumatolagist-RA caused rotator cuff tears?Shoulder impingment diagnosed by my rheumatolagist-RA caused rotator cuff tears?

My Dr sent me to a orthopedic surgeon and he had a MRI done, and said I had a rotator cuff tear, so I had the other shoulder done yesterday and that one also has a tear. I have had RA for the past 6 years and I'm on enbrel. Could my RA have caused the rotator cuff tears?

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Dr. Frederick Wolfe says:

Rotator cuff tears are more common the older we get. Rheumatoid arthritis does often play a role because RA inflammation involves and damages the rotator cuff.

Answered on: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 13:40


Commenting: Guest
09/16/2013 - 10:25

Yes I have RA and I have had one surgery and need another on the other side. It was not inpinged like they thought though. It was torn. Bye the way Is the Dr. Wolfe from Dayton Ohio?

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