Animation rupture rotator cuff

Animation of surgical treatment for rotator cuff ruture on the example of a partial tear of the supraspinatus muscle.
Animation rupture rotator cuff (activate subtitles in player for a description)

Usage rights: Sportclinic Zürich
Music: Kevin McLeod – Impact prelude – License: Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0)


The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their tendons in the shoulder joint that stabilize the joint and support the movements of the arm. The muscles include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. When the rotator cuff is torn (ruptured), the tendon part of one or more muscles is damaged (partial tear / partial rupture) or completely torn (tear / total rupture).

Project desscription:

For use in doctor-patient communication and on the website of the SportClinic Zurich, we conceptualized and designed an animation for the treatment of a rotator cuff rupture.

The animation starts with the presentation of the anatomy of the rotator cuff and naming of the muscles involved. The rotator cuff rupture is exemplified by a partial tear of the supraspinatus muscle. Subsequently, the surgical measures for the treatment of the injury are explained. First, disconnected parts of the tendon are removed from the humerus. Now two suture anchors are inserted into the humerus and the infraspinatus is pulled laterally, to the site of its natural attachment to the humerus, by means of sutures. Two more suture anchors are used to fix the infraspinatus in this position in order to regain normal pain-free shoulder function after a period of convalescence.

Project details: 

Content: 3D animation

Utilization: patient information, website

Specifications: Full-HD, 1:00 min, german voice over

Client:  Happy Content KLG / SportClinic Zürich GmbH

The rights of use of the images shown here belong to the client, use is not permitted. The images are protected with watermarks.

Screenshots animation rupture rotator cuff:

Rupture rotator cuff
Rupture rotator cuff
Rotator cuff anatomy
Rotator cuff anatomy

suture anchors humerus tendon
The torn tendon end is pulled using sutures to the suture anchors in the humerus.

fixation tendon suture anchors
Fixation of the tendon using suture anchors and crossing sutures.