A randomized controlled trial comparing rehabilitation treatment (physical therapy) to surgery in the treatment of rotator cuff tears.

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ROW Shoulder Study

A cohort study assessing best way to diagnose rotator cuff tears and patient characteristics that lead to better recovery from rotator cuff tears with either surgery or physical therapy.

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The MOON Shoulder Group is a Multi-Center Orthopedic Outcome Network, which is made up of research doctors who are dedicated to improving patient care through research.

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ABOUT THE SHOULDER STUDY RESEARCH GROUP

Shoulder pain affects millions of individuals worldwide and can lead to significant disability. Shoulder symptoms accounted for an estimated 10.7 million ambulatory care visits to physician offices in the United States in 2013. An estimated 272,148 surgeries were performed for rotator cuff disorders in 2006. Physical therapy and surgery are the standard treatments for rotator cuff tears. Both of these treatments are effective. However, it is still debated which of these two treatments is more effective and if their outcomes differ based on patient characteristics. Our research group is dedicated to answering these questions and many others with the goal of improving patient care and satisfaction. To learn more about the type of research we do and how it helps patients, please click the link below.

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