Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C


Rotator cuff pathology is an extremely common cause of shoulder pain in the elderly population. Treatment for rotator cuff tears (RCTs) is multifaceted and sometimes misunderstood by the general medical community. Patient age, activity level, and type of tear involved, all play a part in developing a well thought out treatment plan. At times, there seems to be a disconnect regarding how to manage this common problem and when it is appropriate to refer for orthopedic consultation. The aim of this article is to offer primary care providers a better understanding of rotator cuff pathology, clinical presentation, and evidence-based treatment options with an overall goal of enhancing patient care.


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