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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons describes a rotator cuff tear as a tendon tear of the four rotator cuff muscles that stabilize the shoulder. These include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and ... More »

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Some treatments for a partial tear in the supraspinatus tendon are for the patient to modulate his activity when it involves his shoulder, rest, and gentle exercises and physical therapy to help the shoulder heal, accord... More »

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A rotator cuff tear requires surgery when the shoulder suffers continued pain or weakness despite non-surgical efforts to treat the rotator cuff injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Often, t... More »

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A rotator cuff tear cannot heal without surgery; however, it can be treated nonsurgically to relieve pain and restore strength, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Nonsurgical treatments include an... More »

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Tendon inflammation, instability, fracture and arthritis are main causes of shoulder pain, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Tumors, infection and nerve-related issues are less common causes. Rotator c... More »

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Shoulder tears are usually caused by a heavy impact to the shoulder, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, About.com and Mayo Clinic. This type of impact is a risk with engaging in contact sports suc... More »

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Pain in the shoulder could indicate certain types of cancer, such as osteosarcoma or Ewing's sarcoma, notes Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. There are, however, many other common causes for s... More »

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