Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rotator Cuff Tear Underlying Cause

Tearing of the rotator cuff tendons is caused by a force that is applied suddenly to the shoulder. Aging can cause the rotator cuff tendon to become thin and weak, making it prone to injury.

Causes of rotator cuff tear include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Falls
  • Heavy lifting
  • Occupational injury
  • Sports

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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