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Signs and symptoms of a torn rotator cuff

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Your rotator cuff is what attaches the arm bone, or humerus, to the shoulder blade and allows for the rotation and lifting of your arm.

 

“A common symptom of rotator cuff problems is losing the ability to raise your arm properly, such as when you comb your hair or get dressed,” says Dr. Carl A. DiRaimondo, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Manitowoc.

 

Ask a Doctor column: Signs and symptoms of a torn rotator cuff

 

People over the age of 40 are at greatest risk for this type of tear. Also, people who do construction or overhead work where their arms extend upward, such as painters and carpenters, are especially susceptible. Athletes such as baseball pitchers and tennis players often experience rotator cuff injuries as well, DiRaimondo says.

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