4 Tips to Help Prevent Rotator Cuff Tears
Jan 17, 2019
Along with some exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles supporting your shoulders.
Your shoulders shoulder a heavy load (pardon the pun). They are among the body's most complex and mobile joints, enabling us to push, pull, lift and carry — movements we use every day in countless ways, both routine and extraordinary.
But their very complexity and range of motion also make shoulders highly vulnerable to injury, according to Grant Garrigues, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center who specializes in diagnosing and treating shoulder issues.
Causes of rotator cuff tears
In the most basic terms, the shoulder is a ball (top of the arm bone) and socket (shoulder blade) joint. The most common shoulder injuries involve the group of muscles and tendons that surround the ball and both give it stability and mobility: the rotator cuff.
These are the primary causes of rotator cuff tears:
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