Nonoperative management of full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff

Orthop Clin North Am. 1997 Jan;28(1):59-67. doi: 10.1016/s0030-5898(05)70264-9.


Rotator cuff tendonopathies are among the most common disorders encountered in the shoulder. There is an abundance of literature on the operative management of these lesions, but only a small amount devoted to nonoperative treatment of full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff. The purpose of this article is to review the literature pertaining to full-thickness tears as well as our results with expectant management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Diseases / rehabilitation
  • Muscular Diseases / therapy*
  • Physical Examination
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Rupture / therapy
  • Shoulder Joint / physiopathology