I will post a more detailed thread soon, but I am wondering if anyone here has any idea on reading MRI's. I have been having pains in my shoulder for about 2 months. Since I don't have insurance, I waited a while before going to get an MRI. In early December, I finally decided that enough is enough. I got Xrays of both shoulders and an MRI of my right shoulder.
The radiologist's report said I have AC separation of both shoulders, bursitis, and rotator cuff impingement. Then under associated findings, it suggests that there is a tear of the rotator cuff muscle.
The AC separation is mild, but the torn rotator cuff is what really worries me.
I realized that I shouldn't put a price on my health, so I saw an Orthopedic last week...worst experience of my life.
The man did not give a damn about my situation. All he did was read my report and reiterate what it said. He did a few tests on me, and told me my rotator cuff seems imflamed. He prescribed my naproxen as an anti-inflammatory and told me to get physical therapy.
I asked him how bad the RC tear is. He told me "you're too young to have a serious RC tear, just rest it." I told him I have been having pain for 2 months and have the MRI images on disc. I asked him to please take a look at them. He goes to anohter room for 5mins, comes back and says he can't see it very well and wants to take another Xray. So I pay even more money to have another set of xrays done. He tells me it seems like I have AC separation. Thanks..I already knew that!
Then he tells me to take naproxen 500mg 2x per day for a month and come back. Then if I still have pain, he will do another MRI.
I am furious he didnt take any time to view the MRI I paid so much money to have done. I am 23 and don't have insurance. I paid a fortune out of pocket for this...
All I wanted to know was, is my supraspinatus tear on the tendon or on the muscle itself?
I know if the tendon is torn badly, surgery should be considered. But if it is a tear more on the muscle, then therapy should suffice.
Anyway, I uploaded my Xray and MRI images onto photobucket. If anyone has some knowledge of how to read them, I'd greatly appreciate it. If my tendon is torn, I will probably see anohter orthopedic and possibly discuss surgery/other options.
link to XRAY and MRI images: