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(HealthDay News) -- The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes -- for example, baseball pitchers -- to injure this area.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions symptoms that indicate surgery is needed:
Pain does not improve when treated with ice, heat or pain-relieving medication.
Symptoms have lasted at least six months.
You have significant weakness and loss of function in your shoulder.
Your tear was caused by a recent injury that occurred suddenly during activity.
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