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How common are rotator cuff tears in nonathletes?
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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Very common
The incidence of full thickness rotator cuff tears increases with increasing age regardless of whether they are involved in sports or not.
The prevalence of rotator cuff tears in asymptomatic people is approximatley 0% for age 40-49yrs old; 10% for 50-59; 20% for 60-69; 40.7% for >70yrs/old.

In brief: Very common
The incidence of full thickness rotator cuff tears increases with increasing age regardless of whether they are involved in sports or not.
The prevalence of rotator cuff tears in asymptomatic people is approximatley 0% for age 40-49yrs old; 10% for 50-59; 20% for 60-69; 40.7% for >70yrs/old.
Dr. Paul Grutter
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Common.
More common than in athletes.
The average age of a rotator cuff that that requires surgery is 58. Young athletes are the exception, rather than the rule. They have from falls, heavy labor, wear and tear, etc.

In brief: Common.
More common than in athletes.
The average age of a rotator cuff that that requires surgery is 58. Young athletes are the exception, rather than the rule. They have from falls, heavy labor, wear and tear, etc.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Common
Rotator cuff tears are common in all walks of life.
Impingement on the acromion probably contributes to some tears. The most important factor, however, is probably the normal aging/ tendon degeneration process. In fact, as many as 85% of all patients with a known tear have no recollection of an injury that led to the tear.

In brief: Common
Rotator cuff tears are common in all walks of life.
Impingement on the acromion probably contributes to some tears. The most important factor, however, is probably the normal aging/ tendon degeneration process. In fact, as many as 85% of all patients with a known tear have no recollection of an injury that led to the tear.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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