Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Managing Rotator Cuff Tears
Both nonoperative and operative treatments are used in an attempt to relieve pain and restore shoulder movement and function. Most patients usually first undergo 6 to 12 weeks of nonoperative treatment, which may consist of any combination of pain management (medications and injections), rest from activity, passive and active exercise, and treatments with heat, cold, or ultrasound.
Keywords: managing rotator cuff tears | nonoperative | operative | relieve pain | shoulder function | treatment
- Seida J, Schouten JR, Mousavi SS, et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears, Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 22 (Prepared by University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0023). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2010. AHRQ Publication No. 10-EHC050.
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