Dear Stephen, what do you make of this 27 yr old male who fell skiing 6 weeks ago and since then is only able to abduct to 60 degrees. He has weak supraspinatus and infraspinatus. I’m thinking SSP full thickness, partial width tear with significant cortical disruption and sub periosteal cyst formation. Is there fracture? Avulsion? Regards, Mike
If they repeat the x-ray now its will be obvious. Undisplaced greater tuberosity fractures can be subtle, but 3 weeks after the trauma it will be easy to see.
Indeed ultrasound can be great for discovering undisplayed acute fractures,