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While most people blame excessive and/or repeated physical strain for rotator cuff problems, Kurt Hegmann, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and a Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, who was the lead author of a study at the University of Utah School of Medicine has discovered otherwise.

His findings were that individuals with rotator cuff injury and aggravating joint pain in a shoulder and the surrounding tendons and muscles should realize that those symptoms could be a sign that they are at an increased risk for heart disease and may find it necessary to manage heart disease risk factors.

Physical exertion can be an irritant, but evidence points to other factors that could also be to blame for chronic shoulder problems. It is also to be noted that previous research has found that those people who had an increased risk for heart disease also experienced a tendency toward the musculoskeletal disorders of Achilles tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and/or tennis elbow.
This study shoulder problems to that list, because the more risk factors for heart disease that the study participants had, the more likelihood that they had shoulder pain as well.

What are those risk factors? The deadly quartet as they are known are: obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. The study participants with the largest number of the risk factors were found to have 4.6 times more likelihood than those having none of those factors to have had shoulder joint pain and had almost six times the likelihood of having had the second shoulder condition named tendonopathy of the rotator cuff. Those with their heart risk at a mid-level had less likelihood of having had either shoulder condition.

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