In 1834, Smith wrote the first description of a rupture of the rotator cuff tendon. Since then, with the work of such authors as Duplay, Von Meyer, Codman, and, more recently, Neer, degenerative changes to the rotator cuff have been better characterized; however, the exact mechanisms leading to the degeneration of the rotator cuff still are debated today. Moreover, despite numerous trials, questions still exist about the efficacy of different therapeutic modalities for rotator cuff disease. With the help of better methodology for studies, more successful treatment of degenerative rotator cuff disease can be expected.
Synonyms and related keywords:
rotator cuff tendinitis, supraspinatus tendinitis, rotator cuff tear, subacromial impingement syndrome, subacromial bursitis, subacromial-subdeltoid bursitis, calcifying tendinitis, periarthritis humeroscapularis, shoulder periarthritis, painful shoulder syndrome
Roy et al 2006