New Study Finds Rotator Cuff Injuries Treatable, but Evidence Unclear Whether Surgery Is Preferable – July 2010 – AHRQ

Posted on July 8, 2010. Filed under: Orthopaedics | Tags: |

New Study Finds Rotator Cuff Injuries Treatable, but Evidence Unclear Whether Surgery Is Preferable
Press Release Date: July 5, 2010

“Injuries to the rotator cuff are treatable, but it is unclear which treatment option—surgery or nonsurgical treatments such as exercise or medication—is best, according to a new comparative effectiveness report published by the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Tears to the shoulder’s rotator cuff, which is composed of four muscle-tendon units, are common among older adults. Rotator cuff tears can cause significant pain and limit arm motion.

The report, prepared for AHRQ by the University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center and published today in Annals of Internal Medicine, examined treatment and rehabilitative options for rotator cuff tears. It found that all treatments, either surgical or nonsurgical, result in improvement, but found few differences between interventions. It also did not find evidence indicating ideal timing of surgery.”  …continues on the site

In conjunction with the new report, AHRQ will soon publish plain-language summary guides about treating rotator cuff tears for patients, clinicians and policymakers. Summary guides on numerous clinical topics and other information and background on the Effective Health Care Program can be found” [on the site].

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