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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Managing Rotator Cuff Tears (2)

The rotator cuff may be surgically repaired by using an open, mini-open, or all-arthroscopic approach when nonoperative therapy fails or for certain patients with traumatic tears. Following operative interventions, various postoperative rehabilitation programs are used to restore range of motion, muscle strength, and function.  Patients and clinicians face several decisional dilemmas, including whether to opt for early surgical intervention or if and when to forgo nonoperative treatment for operative intervention.