Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is a group of strong, ropelike fibers (tendons) and muscles in the shoulder. Rotator cuff disorders occur when tissues in the shoulder get irritated or damaged. Rotator cuff disorders include inflammation of the tendons (tendinitis) or of a bursa (bursitis). In the shoulder, a bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between the tendons and the bones.
Symptoms of rotator cuff tears
The most common symptoms of a partial tear are:
- Pain when moving your arm, especially against resistance.
- Weakness in your shoulder, although some people don't notice any weakness.
Symptoms of a sudden, severe (acute) tear include:
- A popping sound or tearing sensation in your shoulder.
- Immediate pain in your shoulder.
- Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm.
- Limited range of motion and inability to raise your arm because of pain or weakness.
- A crackling sound in the shoulder when it is moved.
- Possibly, bruising in your shoulder or upper arm.
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