A Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear is one of the most common injuries to the shoulder. This occurs especially during sports that involve shoulder rotation such as baseball, swimming, rowing and bowling. Pain doesn’t always come from a Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear, at times it is from tendonitis due to inflammation of one of the tendons of the shoulders.
In addition to the Supraspinatus, other muscles of the rotator cuff include the Teres Minor, Subscapularis, and the Infraspinatus. Acute tears can be very painful and can occur easily. Falling with your hand outstretched is a common cause of an acute Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear as well as forceful pitching of a baseball.
When you suffer an acute Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear you may feel a sudden ripping feeling though the shoulder area followed by pain that can be severe that runs down the arm. There may be an area of specific tenderness over the area of the tear and limited movement of the shoulder. If the Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear is severe, you will not be able to raise your arm to the side without help. There may be other limitations in movement in response to the shoulder and arm pain.
A chronic Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear may develop over time; it is more common in the over forty age group. This injury usually occurs on the dominant side and may be worse at night and hinder sleep. The pain may gradually worsen and weakness may eventually result from the chronic Supraspinatus rotator cuff tear.