Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears: Comparative Effectiveness Review Number 22

Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears: Comparative Effectiveness Review Number 22The rotator cuff (RC) is comprised of four muscle-tendon units, which stabilize the humeral head within the shoulder joint and aid in powering the movement of the upper extremity.1 RC tears refer to a partial or full discontinuation of one or more of the muscles or tendons and may occur as a result of traumatic injury or degeneration over a period of years. The incidence of RC tears is related to increasing age; 54 percent of patients over the age of 60 years have a partial or complete RC tear c…

Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears (Health Care Issues, Costs and Access)

Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears (Health Care Issues, Costs and Access)Rotator cuff (RC) tears refer to a partial or full discontinuation of one or more of the muscles or tendons and may occur as a result of traumatic injury or degeneration over a period of years. The incidence of RC tears is related to increasing age; 54 per cent of patients over the age of 60 years have partial or complete RC tears compared with only 4 per cent of adults under 40 years of age. Although not a life-threatening condition, RC tears cause significant pain, weakness, and limitation of …