A rotator cuff tear often occurs in people who repeatedly perform the same shoulder motions.

Symptoms include shoulder pain and weakness.

Treatment includes rest, medication, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and possibly surgery.

A tear in the tissues connecting muscle to bone (tendons) around the shoulder joint.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging often required

Medium-term: resolves within months

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