David Wright’s Torn Rotator Cuff

Mets third baseman David Wright’s rotator cuff issues put him in the dugout for the remainder of the season; this is a common area of injury in athletes, a New York sports medicine physician says. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that act as a cover and sleeve in the shoulder. When these are injured, people will typically feel pain in the shoulder, loss of motion and loss of strength in the arm. “The reason why we see it so often in athletes is because of the wear and tear they place on their shoulders,” says Steven Rokito, MD, chief of sports medicine for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “For baseball players, there’s the throwing motion with a lot of strain and stress around the ball and socket joint as well as the dynamic stabilizers, the rotator cuff of the shoulder.”

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