In a previous blog post we dove deep into possible causes of rotator cuff tears in sedentary adults and what we could do to minimize the risk of having these issues in the first place. But what if you're confronted with a rotator cuff tear diagnosis from your doctor? While you are weighing your options, please consider the results of a recent study comparing three different methods (surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and physiotherapy) of treating non-traumatic tears of the supraspinatus tendon in patients above 55 years of age. The study authors found that surgical treatment is no better than conservative treatment (physiotherapy). This suggests conservative treatment should be your first step. I know you're in pain, but it can't hurt, right?
Recently a dear friend and former neighbor reached out to me right before rotator cuff surgery. She was in excruciating pain and worried about the recovery process. I was so sorry to hear that she was in such pain, but I wondered how a mostly sedentary woman around my age managed to tear her rotator cuff. She had no idea!
It turns out that rotator cuff tears are a common cause of pain and disability among all age groups. More surprisingly to me, they are the most common non-traumatic upper limb cause of disability in people over 50 years of age. Women suffer this injury at a higher rate than men. Why? Would you believe a major cause could be how you move and your overall posture?
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