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No significant difference in results seen in comparison of three treatments for supraspinatus tears

By Casey Tingle

Investigators discovered no significant difference in clinical outcomes at 2 years among patients with non-traumatic supraspinatus shoulder tears who were treated with either physiotherapy only, acromioplasty and physiotherapy, or rotator cuff repair, acromioplasty and physiotherapy.

Researchers randomly assigned 180 shoulders with symptomatic, non-traumatic supraspinatus tears to receive one of the three treatments. The primary outcome measure was the Constant score, and secondary outcome measures included patient satisfaction, rotator cuff integrity in a control imaging investigation, cost of treatment and VAS pain scores.

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