Shoulders are among the most frequently injured joints in the body, with the main culprit stemming from the rotator cuff, the part of the shoulder that allows you to lift and rotate your arms. Over 3 million Americans each year are affected by rotator cuff problems.
Our shoulders are the most flexible joints in the body and can move in just about every direction, so when a routine movement like trying to put on a shirt or comb your hair starts to become painful and difficult, you want answers.
If you have a dull ache in the middle of your shoulder that also interferes with sleep, it may be time to see an orthopedic surgeon about repairing a torn rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that wrap around the shoulder joint and stabilize it. They attach to the top of the arm (humerus) and hold the arm in its joint. People who perform overhead motions at work or in sports, like tennis or baseball, are most susceptible to rotator cuff tears.