Things that may increase the
rotator cuff disorders include:
- Having long-standing rotator
- Holding or moving your arm
overhead frequently, such as when you regularly paint, wait tables, or play
tennis, baseball, and other throwing sports.
- Previous shoulder
injuries, such as dislocations and broken bones.
- Having a rotator
cuff tear in the other shoulder.
- Irregularities of the muscles,
tendons, and bones in the shoulder that increase wear on the rotator cuff
- Having received multiple
corticosteroid injections in the shoulder, which may
weaken tendons and increase your risk.
- Smoking, which decreases the
blood supply and slows the healing process.
- Shoulder instability.
As the rotator cuff and the shoulder weaken, the risk of
developing a partial or
complete tear increases. Complete tears are present in 25% of people older than
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