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What therapy or surgery is best for a full thickness tear of my infraspinatus tendon measuring 1cm transversely with tendon retracted by approximately?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery

Unless you are a very low demand, inactive person, surgery would certainly be better. When you have a partial tear of the rotator cuff, the ends are still approximated and therapy can help with the healing process.
In a complete tear the ends retract and they will never heal unless repaired. An elderly person can have them scar down and have some function, but most people better with repair.

In brief: Surgery

Unless you are a very low demand, inactive person, surgery would certainly be better. When you have a partial tear of the rotator cuff, the ends are still approximated and therapy can help with the healing process.
In a complete tear the ends retract and they will never heal unless repaired. An elderly person can have them scar down and have some function, but most people better with repair.
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