Rotator Cuff Arthropathy

The rotator cuff is a series of four muscles that run along the shoulder blade (scapula) and around the shoulder socket (glenoid) to surround and attach to the ball (humeral head) of the shoulder joint by their tendons. The muscles of the rotator cuff work to keep the humeral head centered in the socket (glenoid) as we move our arm. Injury or degeneration (wear and tear) can result in a tear of the rotator cuff tendon. Rotator cuff tears can cause weakness and dysfunction. Significant or massive rotator cuff tears left untreated can result in the humeral head migrating upward and moving closer to the acromion (roof of the shoulder joint). This abnormal position causes the cartilage covering the bony surfaces to deteriorate (arthritis), often resulting in pain and physical limitations.

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