What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Large Rotator Cuff Repair

Surgery performed by Dr. Chams

Knotless Rotator Cuff Repair

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The shoulder complex is a ball and socket joint and is comprised of muscles, bones and several soft tissue structures. The main movers of the shoulder joint are the 4 muscles of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff consists of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. The rotator cuff works together to provide additional stability and movement of the shoulder complex including shoulder elevation, internal and external rotation.


Rotator cuff tears often occur more frequently in the adult population over the age of 50. Injuries to this structure can occur from an acute traumatic event, such as fall, or they can occur over time called degeneration. Degenerative tears occur from anatomical variants such as bone spurs, decreased blood supply to the rotator cuff as we age although, some