Silent rotator cuff tears common in older women

Silent rotator cuff tears common in older women
Postmenopausal women may develop full thickness rotator cuff tears and not know it. In a study of pre- and postmenopausal women, investigators from Italy found a nearly three-fold increase in asymptomatic rotator cuff full-thickness tears in the older women. “Because asymptomatic tears have a great potential to evolve into symptomatic painful shoulder, a precocious discovery of this pathology may allow the planning of preventive and therapeutic measures,” they point out in a report online June 10 in Menopause. Rotator cuff tendon tears increase with age, but no study until now has specifically addressed prevalence changes in women from premenopause to postmenopause.

Postmenopausal women may develop full thickness rotator cuff tears and not know it.

In a study of pre- and postmenopausal women, investigators from Italy found a nearly three-fold increase in asymptomatic rotator cuff full-thickness tears in the older women.

“Because asymptomatic tears have a great potential to evolve into symptomatic painful shoulder, a precocious discovery of this pathology may allow the planning of preventive and therapeutic measures,” they point out in a report online June 10 in Menopause.

Rotator cuff tendon tears increase with age, but no study until now has specifically addressed prevalence changes in women from premenopause to postmenopause.

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