Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears

Dr Nabil Ebraheim

An accomplished orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Nabil Ebraheim educates the general public about injuries to the bones and muscles through his YouTube channel and trains newly minted orthopedists as the director of the University of Toledo’s orthopedic residency program. Among Dr. Nabil Ebraheim’s areas of interest are shoulder fractures and injuries including rotator cuff tears.

The rotator cuff, the part of the anatomy that holds the arm in the shoulder socket, plays a key role in rotating and raising the arm. If one of the tendons in the rotator cuff becomes either partially or completely torn, the person will experience extreme pain and difficulty in performing everyday movements, such as putting on clothes in the morning.

Rotator cuff tears sometimes occur suddenly, due to a fall or improperly lifting a heavy object. However, in most cases, a rotator cuff tear happens gradually. For instance, athletes such as weightlifters or baseball players might experience a rotator cuff tear due to repeated motion. Other times, degenerative tears occur due to poor blood supply to the tendons or as the result of a bone spur rubbing against a tendon during movement. If a person suspects he or she has a rotator cuff injury, a doctor can evaluate the shoulder and determine a course of treatment.


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