drop arm test - the tendon frays it can begin to tear If...

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Learning Issue: Drop Arm Test Student: Michael Holmes Drop-arm test o Abduct the patient's shoulder to 90° and ask the patient to lower the arm slowly to the side in the same arc of movement. o Severe pain or inability of the patient to return the arm to the side slowly indicates a positive test result. o A positive result indicates a rotator cuff tear How this relates to the patient o Carole could possibly have a tear due to repetitive microtrauma of the supraspinatus being impinged against the acromion and coracoacromial arch. As
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Unformatted text preview: the tendon frays it can begin to tear. If the patient had a tear, as the arm adducts torwards the body it will travel faster than the contralateral arm and pain may be experienced at the attempt to slowly drop the arm. This would indicate a tear of the supraspinatus tendon. o In Carole’s physical exam she exhibited R arm weakness, which may indicate a tear of the supraspinatus. • Hmm. .sexy • Source: o http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/92814-overview...
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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