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What is a rotator cuff injury?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
A rotator cuff injury is one of the most common shoulder injuries, and while it often strikes athletes who play sports that require throwing motions, this type of injury doesn't exclusively plague big-league pitchers. A rotator cuff injury is usually a strain or tear of the muscles or tendons around those shoulder bones. Diagnosis comes from a physical examination-no, the doc isn't just trying to see if you're tough-confirmed by MRI, and the treatment is similar to that of a meniscus tear in the knee (anti-inflammatory medication, icing, rehabilitation, surgery as a last resort).
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