The Rotator Cuff Anatomy
It is impossible to discuss your rotator cuff anatomy without referring to the shoulder as a whole. The shoulder is a remarkable structure and it is one of the most complex areas in the human body.
In this section I hope to give you an understanding of how your shoulder and your rotator cuff is made up.
I want to explain a little about your rotator cuff anatomy and how it interacts with the shoulder as a whole.
Before moving on however, The Athlete's Shoulder is one of the best resources in learning the rotator cuff anatomy.
This book is multi-authored and not available in any other format.
You are guaranteed to find this book in every orthopaedic department's library and on the bookshelf of all healthcare providers with a serious interest in the shoulder.
I highly recommend this for you if you want to develop subject matter expertise and truly understand this part of the body. You don't have to be an athlete like the title indicates to benefit from this publication. I highly recommend this excellent book.
The ShoulderThe shoulder is a very complex formation of bones, muscles and tendons and provides a great range of motion for your arm. The only downside to this extensive range of motion is a lack of stability.
This makes the shoulder joint vulnerable to injury. Well we already know this to be true, that is why you’re here right? To learn and get the information you need about your rotator cuff anatomy, and your rotator cuff injury, from someone just like you.
So let’s have a look at the whole shoulder in a little detail.As you can see above the shoulder is made up of three bones, and the tendons of the four rotator cuff muscles (tendons attach muscle to bone). The bones are called the "Scapula," the "Humerus" and the "Clavicle".
A slightly different view and style with a little more detail about the bones
Or, in layman's terms, the shoulder blade, the upper arm bone and the collarbone, respectively. In some of the following pages on rotator cuff anatomy and rotator cuff muscles I go into more detail on each and also discuss the bursa and acromion shown above.
Rotator cuff muscles
The four muscles that make up the shoulder joint are collectively called the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is composed of the "Supraspinatus," the "Infraspinatus," the "Teres Minor" and the "Subscapularis."
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