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Last year in november I took a hit to my shoulder and felt an immediate dead arm. I played with it for two weeks until I basically couldn't use my arm anymore because of the pain in my shoulder. The doctor diagnosed me with a subluxation and had me do PT. After a month or so of PT I gradually got back into weight lifting. On the second day of padded american football practice the next season, my shoulder returned to the same form. The doctor told me I have an impingement but we did not do an MRI because that would hurt my chances of getting into the military. I am trying to do PT and get it back to full strength but it doesn't seem to be working. The pain I have is in the outer portion of my shoulder and sometimes down a little ways into my bicep. When I move my outstretched arm inward, outward or up I feel sharp pain. When I don't move the shoulder there is a usually a constant ache type pain. When I move my arm there is also a cracking noise in my shoulder. There is weakness in my shoulder but not weakness that makes your arm drop in a drop arm test for the rotator cuff. The pain is much worse than when I first injured it and the Physical Therapist said it is weaker than it was last year. Is it possible i have a rotator cuff tear?
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