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The rotator cuff is the group of tendons and related muscles that
help keep the upper arm bone seated in the socket of the shoulder blade. A torn
rotator cuff tendon can cause pain, weakness, and limited range of motion in
A rotator cuff tear may be:
Partial, in which only part of the fibers of the
tendon are torn.
Complete or full thickness, in which the tendon is
torn all the way through.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
January 7, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 07, 2010
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