Rotator Cuff Muscle Atrophy and Fatty Infiltration

Progress in understanding the underlying mechanisms

Brian T. Feeley, MD, and C. Benjamin Ma, MD

Rotator cuff tears (RCTs) are among the most common upper extremity injuries seen by orthopaedic surgeons and primary care physicians, and the incidence of rotator cuff surgery continues to rise. As a result, the management of RCTs is a topic of concern, leading to the release of clinical practice guidelines (CPG), appropriate use criteria (AUC), and even a study on the social and economic value of rotator cuff repair.

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