Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Any sport or activity that requires repetitive arm movement, like tennis, weightlifting or painting, can lead to a rotator cuff injury
What is a rotator cuff and how can it be injured?
The rotator cuff is actually a combination of muscles and tendons at the top of the upper arm that helps stabilize the shoulder joint and move the arm (both lift and rotation). The “cuff” of muscles attaches to the scapula (shoulder blade) with a tendon connected to the front and side of the humerus bone (upper arm). This network of muscles and tendons gives the shoulder more mobility than any other joint in the body.
Although injury to the rotator cuff can be the result of trauma, such as a dislocation or fracture, tears in any component of the rotator cuff are most often caused by overuse, called wear-and-tear injuries. Those who develop tears through overuse may also have experienced several months of pain associated with inflammation: either bursitis (which is inflammation of the joint bursa, or fluid), or tendonitis (which is inflammation of one or more tendons).