The enigma of rotator cuff tears and the case for uncertainty

Chris Littlewood*, Amar Rangan, David Beard, Julia Wade, Tina Cookson, Nadine Foster

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It is suggested that tears of the rotator cuff (RC) are a significant cause of shoulder
pain. Given that the rates of surgical repair have risen approximately 200% across
Europe and the USA over recent years [1], it seems that many clinicians and patients
accept this suggestion, yet there is a strong case to question it.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Early online date12 Apr 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2018


  • physiotherapy
  • rotator cuff
  • surgery

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