The Rotator Cuff Revealed

Rotator Cuff ComicThe rotator cuff tear is one of the most common shoulder injuries. Here are some FAQs from patients newly diagnosed with a tear or who suspect a tear.

Q: What is the rotator cuff?!
A:  It is a group of four muscles: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. The supraspinatus muscle tendon is the most commonly torn.

Q: What is a muscle tendon?
A: It’s what connects the muscle to your bone.
Q: What does the rotator cuff do? 
A: Each muscle in the group plays its own role, but basically the rotator cuff helps to raise your arm, rotate your shoulder, and maintain the ball of your shoulder joint in the proper position.
Q: What causes rotator cuff tears?

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