Rotator cuff tears are the most common injuries of the shoulder. Rotator cuff is a group of tendons that attaches forearm bone to the shoulder bone and aid in lifting and rotating the arm.
Tear in the rotator cuff cause pain and disability in adults.
Rotator cuff tears are caused by injury and degeneration.
Falling down on your outstretched arm or lifting something too heavy with a jerking motion, can tear your rotator cuff.
Other types of tears are the result of wearing down of the tendon that occurs gradually over time or with ageing. With a degenerative tear in one shoulder, the likelihood of a rotator cuff tear in the opposite shoulder is greater.
Some factors that contribute to degenerative, or chronic, rotator cuff tears are: