According to a retrospective study from researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), patients who underwent surgery 6 weeks to 12 months after a rotator cuff tear diagnosis had better outcomes than those who delayed surgery for more than 12 months.
A doctor or physiotherapist can use one of more than 25 functional tests during a physical exam to diagnosis a torn rotator cuff. Some of these tests directly indicate a rotator cuff injury and others rule out similar injuries like nerve impingement or torn labrum.
Back in 2006, scientists made a major breakthrough when they discovered how to turn normal cells back into stem cells. Ever since, scientists have been exploring how to turn stem cells into just what we want them to be. To repair damaged cartilage, what we’d really like is fresh new cartilage grown from our own stem cells. This is what a new study out of Stanford University, just published in the journal Nature Medicine, promises to do.