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Hello! I wrote a question a few weeks ago, this question is a follow up to that one. I was in a car accident on 3/18/04, since that time I have had left upper extremity weakness. I have had a MRI of c-spine and brain, and an EMG of my arm. All tests were negative. The doctor I am seeing said it is possible that I have rotator cuff tear. What are the normal symptoms for that? I don't have a lot of pain in my shoulder. The pain I am having is in my deltoid area of my arm, and my neck and trap. muscles. Also I am unable to shrug my left shoulder. Would a rotator cuff tear effect the ability to shrug my shoulder? I have been in PT for 2 months with minimal results. My strength is still at about 40% what my right arm is. I want to do everything I can to get better so I can return to work quickly. I am a nurse and have to be able to lift 100lbs (using body mechanics to position patients) to return to my job. The other problem with that is I am 5'4" and only weigh 110lbs myself. I was able to lift that before the accident. Is there any other tests you would recommend? Any exercises that you think would help? Thank you so much for your time!
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