Rotator cuff pain? Genetics might be to blame

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Rotator cuff disease is an ailment that affects anywhere from 30 to 50% of the population who are over 50 years of age. With people living longer and more active lives, research into the causes of rotator cuff disease has started to increase in need. Recently, doctors took the time to delve into available studies and have determined that genetics may play more of a role in the disease than before believed. However, data is sparse. The good news? This at least lets doctors know that more studies are needed and in what areas to look.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rotator cuff disease, which leads to shoulder pain and immobility in that region, occurs frequently in those over the age of fifty.
  • Thirty to fifty percent of those individuals over the age of fifty will experience the disease.
  • Rotator cuff tears, often deemed the culprit, are apparently only part of the story.

“A new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas shows rotator cuff disease might be a heritable trait.”

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