Severe, global loss of shoulder motion not linked with underlying full-thickness rotator cuff tears

Results of this imaging study on patients with stiff shoulders that demonstrated severe and global loss of passive range of motion shows no correlation between the condition and full-thickness rotator cuff tears.

“[We] found that shoulder stiffness with severe and global loss of passive [range of motion] ROM is not associated with a full-thickness rotator cuff tear, although some patients may demonstrate a partial thickness tear. Shoulders with severe and global loss of ROM at the first visit are likely to be cases of idiopathic adhesive capsulitis and may have less necessity for further imaging studies,” the authors wrote.

Source: Healio

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