PT Inquest Episode 66: To Cut or Not To Cut for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Orthopedic surgeons have a lot to consider when they are deciding whether or not to recommend surgery for rotator cuff tears, but how do they implement that decision process in practice? What makes a surgeon more or less likely to go towards early surgery vs physical therapy? Will JW take “the Bard-Parker solution”???

Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Management of Rotator Cuff Tears: Predictors of Treatment Allocation.
Kweon C, Gagnier JJ, Robbins CB, Bedi A, Carpenter JE, Miller BS.
Am J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2368-72. doi: 10.1177/0363546515593954. Epub 2015 Aug 12.

The editorial by American Journal of Sports Medicine editor Bruce Reider on the above paper can be found here:
http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/43/10/2365.short

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Music for Episode 66:
“The Science of Selling Yourself Short” by Less Than Jake
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