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What is Rotator Cuff?

Your rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons which allow you to move your arm away from your body. These muscles and tendons connect your upper arm bone with your shoulder blade and help to hold the ball of your upper arm bone firmly in your shoulder socket.

Rotator cuff injuries often occur as a result of microtrauma caused by repetitive movement in occupational or sporting activities. The rotator cuff muscles are put under a great deal of strain during racquet sports and other activities where the arm is frequently above the head.

Signs of Rotator Cuff Injuries

Shoulder pain. The pain is especially bad at night, during racquet sports and activities involving throwing, and when bending the arm and rotating it outwards against resistance. The pain may be felt on the outside of the shoulder and at times radiating down the arms.

  • Stiffness in the shoulder joint. This symptom is felt the most when you get out of bed in the morning.
  • Limited range of motion. You can’t lift your arm overhead or hold it away from the body.
  • Swelling and tenderness.
  • Cracking and popping sensations.

Risk Factors

The following factors may increase your risk of having a rotator cuff injury:

  • Working conditions
  • Age
  • Exercise
  • Working in construction
  • Poor posture
  • Previous injuries
  • Shoulder arthritis

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