The Evaluation and Management of Rotator Cuff Arthropathy


Rotator cuff tear arthropathy describes a clinical constellation of rotator cuff insufficiency, degenerative arthritis of the glenohumeral joint, and superior migration of the humeral head. Patients with this condition present with pain and limited function secondary to poor active shoulder motion. When a conservative management program fails to improve a patient’s symptoms, surgical intervention is recommended. Surgical options for patients with symptomatic rotator cuff tear arthropathy include hemiarthroplasty and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.

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