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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Incidence of Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator cuff (RC) tears can occur because of traumatic injury or degeneration. Incidence of RC tears is related to increasing age. Fifty-four percent of patients >60 years of age have a partial or complete RC tear when compared with 4 percent of adults <40 years of age. RC tears may be asymptomatic or cause significant pain, weakness, and limitation of motion.