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Surgery for Rotator Cuff Disease (Review)

MacOrtho is pleased to announce the most recent publication in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. This publication is entitled “Cochrane in CORR ®: Surgery for Rotator Cuff Disease (Review)"

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Khan M1, Simunovic N, Provencher M. Cochrane in CORR ®: Surgery for Rotator Cuff Disease (Review). Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]


Importance of the Topic:
Rotator cuff disease is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders. According to MRI scans, as many as 54% (25/46) of asymptomatic volunteers older than 60 years of age have partial or complete tears of the rotator cuff. Usually degenerative, rotator cuff tears occasionally are associated with high-velocity trauma and a more favorable prognosis. Shoulder pain negatively impacts quality of life, physical function, and leads to occupational disability. In the United States alone, the diagnosis and management of rotator cuff disease presents a financial burden estimated at 300,000 procedures and USD 3 billion annually.
Symptomatic patients typically describe pain with overhead tasks and pain with daily activities. Surgical management generally is reserved for those who fail to improve with conservative treatment, which often includes a combination of subacromial débridement or decompression, débridement and/or repair of partial tears,

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