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The muscles and tendons that hold the arm in its ball and socket joint are known as the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is responsible for holding the shoulder muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. The indications for rotator cuff injury include:
- Pain, especially when arm is raised overhead
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
This inflammation of the tendons usually results from sports requiring extensive shoulder movement such as baseball and tennis. Possible treatments include physical therapy, medications, and steroids. Consult a specialist for more information.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Increased inflammation can lead to a tear in the tendons of the rotator cuff. Arthroscopic surgery may used to repair small tears and also remove bone spurs from the shoulder. Other surgical options may be necessary depending on the extent of the injury. Contact an orthopedic surgeon to discuss your options.
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