What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?
Rotator cuff disease is the most common cause of shoulder pain, particularly in people over age 30. Your rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons that keeps your shoulder in place. It is one of the most important parts of your shoulder.
Your rotator cuff allows you to lift your arms and reach upward. Each year, millions of people in the United States go to their healthcare providers because of a rotator cuff problem. A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults.
What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?
The following are the most common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear. However, you may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Recurrent pain, especially with certain activities
- Pain that prevents you from sleeping on your injured side
- Grating or cracking sounds when moving your arm
- Limited ability to move your arm
- Muscle weakness
The symptoms of a rotator cuff tear may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.