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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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What To Discuss With Your Patients

  • Whether or not the symptoms of their rotator cuff (RC) tear can be addressed by nonoperative or operative interventions or both, and their values and preferences regarding these options.

  • The patient’s role in adhering to a therapeutic plan whether it is nonoperative or operative, as well as in postoperative rehabilitation.

  • The types of surgery available if surgery is needed.  How postoperative rehabilitation will affect their overall clinical outcomes.

  • How long it may take before they will be able to return to their normal daily activities, depending on the required intervention.

  • Any other medical conditions or concerns they may have that will influence the decision to address the RC tear with nonoperative or operative interventions or both.