Features to Predict Success with Nonoperative Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears

Approximately 400 patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears were enrolled in this study. Patients were asked to do six to twelve weeks of therapy. Patients were allowed to do the therapy program with a therapist or at home with a booklet and DVD.

This study demonstrated that a physical therapy program derived from a systematic review or the literature (Kuhn JSES 2009), was effective in more than 85% of patients. Patients who fail this therapy program, generally do so in the first 12 weeks of treatment. The beneficial effects seem to last at least 2 years.

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