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    Does anyone know how to understand MRI results? I talked to my nurse and she said the doctor would explain it with me next week. This is the results the nurse told me:
    Tendonopathy supraspinatus tendon
    No tears
    Chronic anterior laberal abnormality
    What does this mean and is it serious or will this heal on its own. My injury happened four years ago.

  • #2
    well since it said no tear it probely isnt serious
    but sorry i do not know how to read MRI

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    • #3
      Tendonopathy supraspinatus tendon - This means you have something wrong with the supraspinatus tendon - there is some information here which might help you with this one

      No tears - You don't have any tears in the Glenoid Labrum (view here for some information on shoulder anatomy)

      Chronic anterior laberal abnormality You have a long standing abnormality of the anterior labrum (the front part of the Glenoid Labrum - see above anatomy link). Long standing can be something which has been there for longer than 6 weeks or more, but it depends on their interpretation of the word "chronic". As for what they are referring to as an "abnormality" - this could be a long standing injury that you have had for a long time, or it could just be a structural abnormality (as in, the labrum looks slightly different to the "normal" person).

      Best thing to do really is to wait for the interpretation, but hopefully that gives you the general gist of what it means!

      Regards,

      Ruth
      Ruth Cheesley BSc(Hons) MSc MCSP
      Chartered Physiotherapist
      The Virtual Sports Injury Clinic

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      • #4
        Thank you Ruth,
        I haven't been real pleased with my doctor. His nurse just called and said it was tendonitis? Which is good, but he never seems to answer any questions and blows me off. My PT suggested a second opinion. I guess I will see how this goes and maybe someday all the pain will go away.

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        • #5
          cant read mri results but i know what you are going through as i had to wait all easter to find out today mine was a tear in the suspaspinatu tendon. I truly sympathise with you

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          • #6
            I definitely think that you should get a second opinion. I hesitated to go to sydney to see a specialist when my shoulder started playing up and ended going to someone in canberra who did not specialise in shoulder. Eventually I went to seek a second opinion because I was not happy with the diagnosis and have found that I have a tear in the labrum and this is complicated with weak shoulders.

            Where abouts are you based? i saw someone in sydney who was fantastic and can forward you his details. KJ also knows a lot of sports physicians who specialises in shoulders..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by karlakay
              Thank you Ruth,
              I haven't been real pleased with my doctor. His nurse just called and said it was tendonitis? Which is good, but he never seems to answer any questions and blows me off. My PT suggested a second opinion. I guess I will see how this goes and maybe someday all the pain will go away.
              Hi there,

              I would definitely be seeking another opinion. It's really important that you can find a doctor that will answer your questions and concerns. Going to see a good sports physician that specialises in shoulders would be a good first step. They can then refer you on if necessary. Whereabouts are you based ?

              My current shoulder surgeon is really great when I ask questions or express my concerns. It certainly makes a big difference.

              Good luck !!

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