J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2020 Sep 29. Epub 2020 Sep 29.
Department of Neurobiology Research, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark; Department of Neurology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark; BRIDGE (Brain Research - Inter-Disciplinary Guided Excellence), University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Background: Rotator cuff (RC) disorders involve a spectrum of shoulder conditions from early tendinopathy to full-thickness tears leading to impaired shoulder function and pain. The pathology of RC disorder is, nonetheless, still largely unknown. Our hypothesis is that a supraspinatus (SS) tendon tear leads to sustained inflammatory changes of the SS muscle along with fatty infiltration and muscle degeneration, which are threshold markers for poor RC muscle function. Read More