Rotator Cuff Tear

The four muscles in the shoulder between the scapula and the ball in your shoulder joint turn into tendons (the white part) as the muscles get closer to the bone.  Rotator cuff is a general term referencing the specific area where the tendon connects to the bone.  Thus, the term rotator cuff tear means a tear in the tendon where it connects to the bone.

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Literature and Resources

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Ortho Bullets: Rotator Cuff Tear

Click on the image to learn more about rotator cuff tears, including anatomy and classification of the ailment, imaging, treatment options, surgical techniques and potential complications

Does adding platelet-rich plasma (PRP) at the time of surgery improve your chance of a good outcome?

No, it does not.  All patients in this study underwent surgical removal of the calcium deposit, and half of them received PRP at the time of surgery.  All patients improved after surgery, and there was no difference in outcome in the PRP group.

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