Tendon degeneration and stages of rotator cuff disease

Is tendon degeneration related to the stage of rotator cuff disease?

Rotator cuff disease can be divided into 3 stages. The first stage includes subacromial impingement syndrome, bursitis or a tendinopathy. The next stage is a partial rotator cuff tear. The last stage is a full thickness rotator cuff tear, which can progress to a rotator cuff arthropathy.

The causes of rotator cuff disease have not been determined; one of the hypotheses is that a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors may be the cause. Sometimes the cause can be traumatic, however in elderly people this is not necessarily the case.


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