Rotator cuff tear arthropathy (RCTA) is a pattern of glenohumeral joint degenerative changes following rotator cuff tears, causing shoulder pain and stiffness. Subscapularis tears can also be involved in RCTA, or a significant cause of shoulder pain and disability.

How can you identify RCTA and subscap tears in your shoulder pain patients? How can they be treated, and do these patients respond well to non-surgical management?

Find out in this podcast with Jo Gibson (Upper Limb Rehabilitation Specialist Physio).

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  • 03:25 - What is cuff arthropathy?
  • 05:35 - Contributing factors
  • 07:33 - Patient history
  • 08:37 - Subscapularis tendon tears
  • 12:29 - Common mechanisms of injury
  • 13:46 - Assessment tests
  • 16:51 - Rotator cuff related shoulder pain


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