The wear and tear from ordinary use on the group of tendons and
muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint (rotator cuff) makes it common for
people over 40 years of age to have some loss of strength and movement in the
Loss of function is caused by things such as age
and the amount of activity with overhead arm movements.
rotator cuff becomes weaker with age, it is more likely to be injured (torn) by
simple movements, such as lifting an object. As many as 1 out of 4 people over age 60 has a complete tear.1
Overuse of the rotator cuff muscles is common in young athletes
involved in throwing, swimming, and racquet sports.
Although often associated with women in high-heeled shoes, ankle sprains are a common ailment for all sorts of athletes. About 25,000 people get them every day.
And what is an ankle sprain, exactly? It’s an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that hold your bones together. Although ligaments are flexible, all it takes is a sudden twist for them to stretch too far or snap entirely.
You might get a sprain if your foot lands on the ground at an angle,...
Rotator cuff tears are not common in people under 40 unless they have a sudden
and severe (acute) injury.
Andrews JR, ed. (2005). Impingement syndrome,
Procedure—subacromial bursa injection, Overhead throwing shoulder, and Rotator
cuff tears sections of Shoulder. In LY Griffin, ed., Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 3rd ed., pp. 188–193. Rosemont, IL: American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD
November 30, 2011
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November 30, 2011
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