rotator cuff


Definition of rotator cuff 

: a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of the capsule of the shoulder joint blended with tendons and muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the head of the humerus

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Millions of people visit the doctor each year for shoulder pain, and more than half are for rotator cuff problems. Trihealth,, "Don’t shoulder the pain," 10 July 2018 Right-hander Zach Davies, expected to be one of the top starters in the rotation after winning 17 games last season, is in his second stint on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and now is battling a lower back issue as well. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers' depth has been huge in overcoming series of injuries this season," 6 July 2018 Darrell Jordan was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the ninth round of the 1990 NFL Draft, but never got to play after tearing his rotator cuff in the preseason. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "He's only 17, but he's next in line to continue UM's extraordinary tight end legacy | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 Williams had heard horror stories about recovering from shoulder surgery — and like most people, understood that a torn rotator cuff meant his options were limited. Elise Riley, azcentral, "Raise your hand," 2 July 2018 About 40 percent of participants had rotator cuff problems, compared with 8 to 14 percent in the general population. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Study: Alaska salmon gillnet fishermen face high rate of health issues," 15 June 2018 Injury updates: Starter Miguel Gonzalez returned to rehab at Triple-A Charlotte after having a setback in his recovery from right rotator cuff inflammation. Phil Thompson,, "White Sox's Leury Garcia eager to get some playing time at third base," 30 June 2018 Two years later, the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury awarded Lisi $2.4 million in punitive damages for the injuries suffered to her rotator cuff, neck and shoulders and $600,000 in compensatory damages, the Post-Gazette reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Philadelphia waitress wins $3 million from customer who forcibly kissed, injured her," 27 June 2018 Last week, a Philadelphia jury awarded Lisi $3 million following a lawsuit over the October 2016 assault at the upscale restaurant, which Lisi said resulted in nerve damage from a torn rotator cuff. Allison Steele,, "Jury orders man who injured Scarpetta waitress to pay $3 million," 26 June 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rotator cuff

medical : a group of muscles and tendons that are around your shoulder and that allow it to move in all directions

rotator cuff

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Medical Definition of rotator cuff 

: a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of part of its capsule blended with tendons of the subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and teres minor muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the humerus

called also musculotendinous cuff

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