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is a rotator cuff tear and a supraspinatus tear the same thing

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is a rotator cuff tear and a supraspinatus tear the same thing if not wich is worse they are full thickness tears
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  doctornihil replied 7 years ago.
Hi, <br />Rotator cuff is composed of 4 muscles: supraspinatus is the major component. <br />Rotator cuff is responsible for your shoulder joint's stability. <br />Suprispinatus also plays major role in the initial should abduction ( lifting your hand away from your body) upto first 30 degrees. <br />hence, full thickness supraspinatus tear is almost synonymous to rotator cuff tear. <br />Ofcourse tear of all 4 muscles is more serious than only supraspinatus tear. <br />The treatment involves surgical repair & physical rehabilitation. <br />Please consult with orthopedic surgery.
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