Shoulder injuries are common. In fact, shoulder injuries make up over 18% of all injuries in older adults according to Stats Canada. A rotator cuff injury happens to be one of the most common types of shoulder injury as well.
A rotator cuff injury is usually caused by a tear or strain to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff consists of the muscles, joint capsule, and tendons that stabilizes our shoulders. The injury involves a tear or strain to the rotator cuff tendons or the thick bands of tissue which connect the muscles to our bones.
The supraspinatus tendon is the site where the tear is most likely to occur. Several of your muscles and tendons will tear due to severe injuries.