How effective is surgery for rotator cuff disease?
There was insufficient evidence to suggest whether surgery made a difference to other outcomes, such as the ability to use the shoulder normally, quality of life, range of shoulder motion, strength, the likelihood of recurrence, time taken to return to work or sports, and patient satisfaction.
Rotator cuff disease is the most common cause of shoulder pain seen by physicians. Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal reason for seeking medical care after back and neck pain¹, and accounts for 1.2% of all general practice encounters in Australia.² 1. Bott SDM et al. Annals of Rheumatic Disease 2005;64:118-123. 2. Bridges-Webb C et al. Medical Journal of Australia 1992;Supplement 157:51-556.