Essay about Anatomy Of The Rotator Cuff Tear

1609 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Most of us all have an intact shoulder that for the most part does not give us a problem. We can take it for granted that we are able to comb our hair, can carry groceries without any pain, or sleeping on our side with no pain until something happens like a rotator cuff tear. This unfortunate event is not very uncommon. We will take a look at the anatomy of our shoulder, specifically the rotator cuff and what might lead to a tear or make it more prone to a tear. We will also discuss some of the options that are available to repair a torn rotator cuff. After reading this, hopefully you will have a better understanding of the rotator cuff tear and repair.
Let us begin with the anatomy of the rotator cuff. It is comprised of a group of muscles located in the shoulder. The shoulder contains three bones, the humerus, scapula, and clavicle which is connected with a ball and socket joint. The rotator cuff is what holds these bones together by attaching the humerus to the scapula. These muscles and tendons are responsible for the movement and stabilization of the shoulder. The muscles that compromise the rotator cuff are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis. The tendons that are from these muscles are joined together to form the rotator cuff and form a covering around the head of the humerus. There is also the bursa that is between the rotator cuff and acromion which lubrication sac. This aids in the movement of the arm and allows it to glide…

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