Factors affecting rotator cuff healing

Nathan A. Mall, Miho J. Tanaka, Luke S. Choi, George A. Paletta

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▶ Several studies have noted that increasing age is a significant factor for diminished rotator cuff healing, while biomechanical studies have suggested the reason for this may be an inferior healing environment in older patients. ▶ Larger tears and fatty infiltration or atrophy negatively affect rotator cuff healing. ▶ Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, double-row repairs, performing a concomitant acromioplasty, and the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) do not demonstrate an improvement in structural healing over mini-open rotator cuff repairs, single-row repairs, not performing an acromioplasty, or not using PRP. ▶ There is conflicting evidence to support postoperative rehabilitation protocols using early motion over immobilization following rotator cuff repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-788
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 7 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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