May 27, 2015
PRAGUE —Orthopedic surgeons should develop specific skills to correctly diagnose traumatic massive rotator cuff tears and ensure these injuries are not missed. Patients who are treated early enough stand the best chances of pain relief and recovery of an acceptable range of motion, according to a presenter at the EFORT Congress.
“The recommendations could be that if you see the patient early, and the patient is active, and you diagnose the patient well, there is no need to wait for the nerve recovery,” Przemyslaw Lubiatowski, MD, of Poznan, Poland, said during a special session organized by the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow. A late diagnosis — one performed 3 weeks or more following injury — could prove disabling for a patient, he said.