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Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor) that wrap around the top portion of your upper arm bone (humerus). The primary function of these muscles and their associated tendons is to help stabilize the ball within the shoulder joint. When the ball and socket joint is properly stabilized, your arm can move freely with the help of the larger muscles surrounding your shoulder.

Rotator cuff tendonitis is an inflammation of one or more of these tendons. The resulting pain and swelling within the shoulder can weaken your rotator cuff and interfere with its normal function. If left untreated, this condition can often lead to a rotator cuff tear. [more...]

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