WHAT HAPPENS TO PATIENTS WHEN WE DO NOT REPAIR THEIR CUFF TEARS? FIVE-YEAR ROTATOR CUFF QUALITY-OF-LIFE INDEX OUTCOMES FOLLOWING NON-OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH FULL-THICKNESS ROTATOR CUFF TEARS.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
The variability in rotator cuff tear symptoms and treatment is extensive and thus poses a conundrum for clinicians, surgeons and researchers. There is favorable research supporting both surgical and non-operative approaches to long-term management. Previous models have looked at 2-year