The rotator cuff is made up of four small muscles that help move and stabilize the shoulder joint. Any damage to one of the four muscles or their ligaments is considered a rotator cuff tear. If you need a rotator cuff surgeon, Los Angeles doctor Eric Millstein, MD, offers expert care from diagnosis through surgery and recovery.
Rotator Cuff Tear Causes
Tearing of the muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff group can be caused by damage from an acute injury, repetitive overuse, or result from the gradual degeneration of the muscle and tendon from aging. In younger patients who suffer rotator cuff injuries, sports such as football, volleyball, baseball or tennis are usually responsible for the injury.
Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms
Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include pain located over the outside of the shoulder and upper arm, as well as pain when rotating your shoulder, performing overhead movements and possibly pain while sleeping. You will also experience a decrease in strength.
Rotator Cuff Gallery
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