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What is a rotator cuff?

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The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in your shoulder. They form a “cuff” over the top end of your arm. It helps you lift and rotate your arm. And it keeps the shoulder steady as your arm moves.

A rotator cuff tear can be caused by different things. It can get sore from normal wear and tear over the years. This happens mostly to people over age 40. But you can also get one in a fall or by repeating the same activity over and over.

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Physical Therapy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, Shoulder Pain: “What causes pain in

my shoulder?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist’s Guide to

Rotator Cuff Tear.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently

Asked Questions.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy As Effective As

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator cuff injury.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Physical Therapy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, Shoulder Pain: “What causes pain in

my shoulder?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist’s Guide to

Rotator Cuff Tear.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently

Asked Questions.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy As Effective As

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator cuff injury.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

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