Rotator Cuff

San Diego

DR. David G Levinsohn

An orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, California and is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital. He graduated from University of the Witwatersrand in 1986 and has been in practice for 31 years. He completed a residency at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Levinsohn also specializes in Sports Medicine.

With experience and empathy, he trys to develop an excellent rapport with all his patients so that he can understand and deliver the best possible care for each person. He is known to ease tension from time to time with a little humor.

Orthopedic surgery is a rapidly changing specialty. In 2010 he was re-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s newly created subspecialty of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the California Orthopaedic Association, and a Qualified Medical Examiner for injured workers in the State of California.

Rotator Cuff

Your shoulders do a lot of important things you might take for granted. They help you get something off a high shelf, comb your hair, or play a game of tennis or catch.


Your shoulder is made up of three bones: your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade (scapula), and your collarbone (clavicle). The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint: the ball, or head, of your upper arm bone fits into a shallow socket in your shoulder blade.
Your arm is kept in your shoulder socket by your rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons to form a covering around the head of the humerus. The rotator cuff attaches the humerus to the shoulder blade and helps to lift and rotate your arm.

Common Injuries

A rotator cuff tear is often the result of wear and tear from daily use. You’re more likely to have this if you have a job where you need to move your arm a certain way over and over, like a painter or a carpenter, or you play sports like tennis and baseball. It also can happen suddenly if you fall on your arm or try to lift something heavy. It’s usually treated with physical therapy and medication, or you may need surgery.

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon that attaches to a bone. It causes pain in the area just outside the joint. Common types of tendinitis include pitcher’s and swimmer’s shoulder.

Bursitis is when the bursa (a small sac filled with fluid that protects your rotator cuff) gets irritated. That can happen when you repeat the same motion over and over again, like throwing a baseball or lifting something over your head. It also can be caused by an infection.


He is a very personable Doctor. He listened to all I had to say about my injury. My surgery went very well and I am recovering faster than expected.
A. Maxwell
I have received really great care from Doctor Levinsohn for almost a year now. I am so happy that I landed here and highly recommend.
L. Janet
I was there for my medical examination. From setting up appointment, registration, consultation and check up process.
And my pleasant hassle free experience there reassured my right choice.
B. Scott
I would not recommend a long-term relationship with Dr. Levinsohn. I think for health care matters, you will get high quality care from him.
D. Lane
He truely cares about his patients,and takes time for the best care possible. Fully recommendation for him
M. Henry
He is a very personable Doctor. He listened to all I had to say about my injury.
L. Barkley

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