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A 43-year-old member asked:

Would muscle building exercises help prevent rotator cuff injuries?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Some rotator cuff tears are traumatic in nature and can occur despite any preventative measures. The majority are degenerative or overuse injuries, and maintenance of certain shoulder and scapular musculature may help prevent slow underlying damage. In short, it can probably help, but everyone is unique and not all conditions will be preventable.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Why do most rotator cuff injuries involve the suprasipatus muscle?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Anatomy: The supraspinatus muscle in vulnerable to tearing due to its anatomic position and the biomechanics of the shoulder complex. The tendon of the supraspinatus muscle passes under the acromion of the acriomioclavicular joint. Arthritis and inflammation in this area can lead to injury of supraspinatus tendon.
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Also, since the muscle is involved in the throwing process and since it keeps the humerus in the shoulder socket, when throwing hard, there are incredible deceleration forces that can strain or tear the muscle if it is not conditioned or overused.
Nov 13, 2012

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