Rotator Cuff Tear

Causes

  • Normal wear and tear. As you get older, your tendons undergo an aging process which makes them more prone to degeneration and injury. The older you get, the more likely you are to have a rotator cuff tear.
  • Repetitive stress. Repetitive overhead movement of your arms can stress your rotator cuff muscles causing them to become irritated. This cuases inflammation and may eventually lead to a tear in the rotator cuff. This can occur in certain occupations (painters) or certain sporting activities (tennis players)
  • Injuries. Falling on your arm can injure your rotator cuff.
  • Lifting or pulling. Lifting an object that's too heavy or doing so improperly — especially overhead — can strain or tear your rotator cuff.


9 May, 2012