The rotator cuff is made up of four main tendons; the supraspinatus, subscapularis, infraspinatus, and the teres minor. These tendons originate on the scapula and attach onto the humeral head securing the upper arm in the shoulder joint. These tendons help lift and rotate the arm and allow for normal shoulder mechanics. The rotator cuff tendons can be injured acutely but are more frequently torn due to degeneration over time. Tears of the rotator cuff tendons can be classified as partial or full thickness tears.
When faced with a rotator cuff tear, an arthroscopic or open surgical approach can be taken. Single Row and Double Row surgical techniques are utilized to fixate the torn tendon back down to the bone.
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