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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Overview: Conclusions

Overall, the evidence is too limited to provide support for earlier surgical intervention when compared to the current practice of nonoperative interventions followed by surgery if needed. Significant improvements were seen in both operative and nonoperative interventions. However, there is limited evidence for benefits and harms to guide choice among various operative approaches, and insufficient evidence to choose between nonoperative approaches. Future studies are required.