The rotator cuff is the group of tendons and related muscles that
help keep the upper arm bone seated in the socket of the shoulder blade. A torn
rotator cuff tendon can cause pain, weakness, and limited range of motion in
A rotator cuff tear may be:
Partial, in which only part of the fibers of the
tendon are torn.
Complete or full thickness, in which the tendon is
torn all the way through.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma