What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?

Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear (as opposed to tendinitis) include an ache or burn at the deltoid insertion, pain with overhead activities (where you move your arm over your head), night pain and weakness. While some rotator cuff tears are the result of a single traumatic incident, some are the result of gradual “wear and tear” during everyday use of the arm. 

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