A torn rotator cuff is a common injury that occurs in the shoulder joint. It can happen when a force is applied to the shoulder that exceeds the strength of this supporting structure. The most common causes of a torn rotator cuff are sports injuries, work injuries, and falls.
A torn rotator cuff can cause pain in several areas, including:
- The acromioclavicular joint
- The inferior angle or edge of the scapula
- The biceps tendon attachment at the head of the humerus
- The deltoid muscle on top of your shoulder