Rotator Cuffs: Why They Go Awry, and What You Should Do About It. Or Not.

Paul and Howard talk about rotator cuffs, those four muscles around your shoulder that often go awry and sometimes really hurt. There is a Fairly Crap Transcript™ here.


  • What are rotator cuffs anyway?
    • Tossing, tools, and trees: the evolutionary history of shoulders 
    • What happens if part of your rotator cuff goes, you know, missing?
    • Pretty much everyone over 45 has rotator cuff problems. Most don’t notice. 
    • The future of fixing — and/or not fixing — rotator cuff problems

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Paul Kedrosky is a frequently injured athlete who, when he isn’t rehabbing, is also a venture investor. Howard Luks is a top sports orthopedic surgeon.

Music & Disclaimers:

  • Crossing the Chasm, Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Disclaimers apply and can be heard at the end of the episode.

Sheer Apprehension of the World

 It reads like journalism. It seems spurious. You feel Melville is trying to put something over you. He preaches and holds forth because he’s not sure of himself. But he was a deep, great artist. He was a real American in that he always felt his audience in front of him. But when he ceases to be American, when he forgets all audience, and gives us his sheer apprehension of the world, then he is wonderful, his book commands a stillness in the soul, an awe.

From an essay by D.H. Lawrence on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, first published in Studies in Classic American Literature in 1923