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What exactly causes the problems from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle weakness or damage?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Both

The problems with a rotator cuff injury involve pain, swelling and limited motion.
The treatment may involve ice, rest and nsaids. Sometimes a cortisone injection can be helpful. If the rotator cuff is totally torn, one might have limited motion. Then one might need surgical treatment for the problem.

In brief: Both

The problems with a rotator cuff injury involve pain, swelling and limited motion.
The treatment may involve ice, rest and nsaids. Sometimes a cortisone injection can be helpful. If the rotator cuff is totally torn, one might have limited motion. Then one might need surgical treatment for the problem.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Cuff injury

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that insert into the upper humerus.
The muscles originate on the scapula. A cuff injury is a tendon injury. If describing a cuff tear, it technically is a tendon detachment from the upper humerus.

In brief: Cuff injury

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that insert into the upper humerus.
The muscles originate on the scapula. A cuff injury is a tendon injury. If describing a cuff tear, it technically is a tendon detachment from the upper humerus.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Rotator cuff tear

A tear in the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder can cause weakness and pain, especially without overhead activity.

In brief: Rotator cuff tear

A tear in the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder can cause weakness and pain, especially without overhead activity.
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