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Current Concepts Review - Débridement of Partial-Thickness Tears of the Rotator Cuff without Acromioplasty. Long-Term Follow-up and Review of the Literature*
JEFFREY E. BUDOFF, M.D.†; ROBERT P. NIRSCHL, M.D.‡; ERIC J. GUIDI, M.D.‡, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
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Investigation performed at Nirschl Orthopedic and Sportsmedicine Clinic, Arlington
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1998 May 01;80(5):733-48
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The rotator cuff, a musculotendinous unit that acts in combination with the deltoid to allow elevation of the shoulder, is a frequent source of pain and disability. In addition, the rotator cuff maintains the humeral head centered on the glenoid and opposes the superior translatory and shearing force of the deltoid by compressing the humeral head in the glenoid concavity as well as by imparting an inferiorly directed force vector to the proximal aspect of the humerus.
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