Injuries: Rotator Cuff Injury
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Explanation and Causes:
The shoulder joint has the most range of motion of any other joint in the body. To enable the shoulder in its wide range of motion, many tendons have to work hard to keep the shoulder in place throughout. These tendons make up the rotator cuff. They are flexible yet strong and help keep the upper arm attached to the scapula which makes up the shoulder. Most injuries to the rotator cuff stem from active repetitive motion like pitching a baseball. Eventually that repetitive stress wears down the tendons and they tear or rip. Other causes of rotator cuff injury include:
Risks of this injury increase with age.
Primary symptom is pain upon any movement of the shoulder up, backwards or forwards. Pain is intense especially when raising hand overhead. Weakness of shoulder, shoulder numbness, and a loss of range of motion are present for many different degrees of injury.
Diagnosis and Tests: