The wear and tear from ordinary use on the group of tendons and
muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint (rotator cuff) makes it common for
people over 40 years of age to have some loss of strength and movement in the
Overuse of the rotator cuff muscles is common in young athletes
involved in throwing, swimming, and racquet sports.
Rotator cuff tears are not common in people under 40 unless they have a sudden
and severe (acute) injury.
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Procedure—subacromial bursa injection, Overhead throwing shoulder, and Rotator
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November 30, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD
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