When Something Breaks/Snaps...

When something breaks/snaps (in your shoulder, chest, etc. or some tendon), is it all of a sudden, or do you first get pain, inflammation, loss of performance etc. for some time (weeks, months) prior?

Thank you very much,

It can be either. It could be an acute, sudden trauma where there is a quick and sudden damage to the tissue. Or it could be a chronic issue where degeneration over time causes damage to the tissue.