Rotator Cuff Tear
A rotator cuff tear is a common reasoning for pain and disability among many adults. Close to 2 million people in the United States visited their physicians because of a rotator cuff problem in the year 2008 alone.
A torn rotator cuff will weaken one's shoulder, which means that many daily activities (like combing one's hair or getting dressed) may become painful and difficult to do. Symptoms for a torn rotator cuff include:
Pain while resting or preparing for sleep at night, particularly if lying on the affected shoulder
Pain when lifting and lowering one's arm or doing specific movements
Weakness when lifting or rotating one's arm
Crepitus or crackling sensation when moving one's shoulder in certain positions