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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Summary of Conclusions

Timing of Operative Intervention: Evidence was too limited to permit conclusions about the comparative effectiveness of early surgical repair when compared to late surgical repair following nonoperative interventions. 

Operative vs. Nonoperative Interventions: Significant improvements were seen in all study groups, regardless of the intervention. Although there was a trend for better outcomes with surgery, results were too limited to permit conclusions.

Nonoperative Interventions: The variety of interventions and the low quality of studies precludes any conclusions about the most effective nonoperative patient-management strategy.