Case Studies AAOS Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of Rotator Cuff Injuries

Stephen Weber, Jaskarndip Chahal

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Shoulder disease is a major cause of musculoskeletal disability in the United States. Chronic shoulder pain has been estimated to affect approximately 8% of all American adults, second only to chronic knee pain in our society's burden of musculoskeletal disease. Rotator cuff pathology is the leading cause of shoulder-related disability seen by orthopaedic surgeons, and surgical volume is on the rise. One study, for example, notes a 141% increase in rotator cuff repairs from 1996 to 2006 in the United States. Because rotator cuff disease is such a common condition with evidence of various strength supporting different common treatments, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons published a clinical practice guideline to help elucidate best practices for its treatment. A summary of these guidelines with the strength of the recommendations is available at OrthoGuidelines ( with links to rationale behind each of the conclusions. This study will illustrate the use of these guidelines through presentation and discussion of hypothetical clinical cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E104-E108
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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