SPECIAL FOCUS: Upper ExtremityThe natural history of rotator cuff tearsLashgari, Cyrus; Redziniak, DanielAuthor Information The Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center, Annapolis, MD The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Correspondence to Cyrus Lashgari, MD, The Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center, 2000 Medical Parkway, Suite 101, Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: +410 268 8862; fax: +410 268 0380; e-mail: [email protected] Current Orthopaedic Practice: January/February 2012 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 10-13 doi: 10.1097/BCO.0b013e318240442b Buy Metrics Abstract Rotator cuff disease is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders treated by orthopaedic surgeons. Despite its prevalence, the natural history of the disease is not completely understood, which is critical to consider when making decisions on surgical and nonsurgical treatment of rotator cuff tears. This article reviews the most recent studies on the natural history of rotator cuff disease and provides the clinician with guidelines on whether surgical or nonsurgical management is indicated. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.