Research: Rotator Cuff Tears

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Research Paper Title

Management of Rotator Cuff Tears: A Review and Treatment Strategy.

Abstract

The aim of this review was to present an overview of degenerative rotator cuff tears and a suggested management protocol based upon current evidence.

Degenerative rotator cuff tears are common and are a major cause of pain and shoulder dysfunction. The management of these tears is controversial, as to whether they should be managed non-operatively or operatively.

In addition when operative intervention is undertaken, there is question as to what technique of repair should be used.

This review describes the epidemiology and natural history of degenerative rotator cuff tears. The management options, and the evidence to support these, are reviewed.

The researchers also present their preferred management protocol and method, if applicable, for surgical fixation of degenerative rotator cuff tears.

Source: Clement, N.D., Nie, Y.X. & McBirnie, J.M. (2012) Management of Degenerative Rotator Cuff  Tears: A Review and Treatment Strategy. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology, SMARTT. 14(1), pp.48.

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