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How can you get a rotator cuff injury?

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Sports that involve lifting your hands over your head -- like pitching in baseball, swimming the freestyle or butterfly stroke, serving in tennis, and weightlifting -- can cause the top part of the shoulder blade to pinch the rotator cuff muscles. Doctors call this shoulder impingement.

Repetitive motion in sports can also overload the tendons of the rotator cuff. Over time, they can swell and get inflamed. Doctors call this tendinitis. If you ignore the pain and keep swinging that golf club or tennis racket, the tendon that connects the rotator cuff muscles to the ball part of the joint can eventually tear.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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