Epidemiology, natural history, and indications for treatment of rotator cuff tears.

@article{Tashjian2012EpidemiologyNH,
  title={Epidemiology, natural history, and indications for treatment of rotator cuff tears.},
  author={Robert Zaray Tashjian},
  journal={Clinics in sports medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={589-604}
}
The etiology of rotator cuff disease is likely multifactorial, including age-related degeneration and microtrauma and macrotrauma. The incidence of rotator cuff tears increases with aging with more than half of individuals in their 80s having a rotator cuff tear. Smoking, hypercholesterolemia, and genetics have all been shown to influence the development of rotator cuff tearing. Substantial full-thickness rotator cuff tears, in general, progress and enlarge with time. Pain, or worsening pain… CONTINUE READING
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