Author(s): Brown JN, Roberts SN, Hayes MG, Sales AD
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Abstract We report the incidence and nature of shoulder disease found in association with symptomatic degenerative change in the acromioclavicular joint in 218 shoulders. Coexisting pathologic conditions were present in 213 shoulders: rotator cuff degeneration in 176 shoulders (79 with complete thickness tears), labral tears in 72, glenohumeral degeneration in 31, and biceps tendon disease in 49. In 59 shoulders findings were unexpected. We looked specifically at 2 age groups: <50 years and > or =50 years. In the <50 years group labral tears were seen in 42\% (30 of 71) and rotator cuff disease in 65\% (46 of 71). Cuff tears tended to be incomplete. In the older age group only 14\% (21 of 147) had an intact cuff, with 72 shoulders having a full-thickness tear. Labral tears were seen in 29\% (42 of 147). We recommend that all patients undergo shoulder arthroscopy at the time of acromioclavicular surgery.
This article was published in J Shoulder Elbow Surg
and referenced in Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy