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Rotator Cuff

A rotator cuff tear is a common reasoning for pain and disability among many adults.  Close to 2 million people in the United States visited their physicians because of a rotator cuff problem in the year 2008 alone.

A torn rotator cuff will weaken one's shoulder, which means that many daily activities (like combing one's hair or getting dressed) may become painful and difficult to do.  Symptoms for a torn rotator cuff include:

·         Pain while resting or preparing for sleep at night, particularly if lying on the affected shoulder

·         Pain when lifting and lowering one's arm or doing specific movements

·         Weakness when lifting or rotating one's arm

·         Crepitus or crackling sensation when moving one's shoulder in certain positions

 

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