➢ With the advent of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and arthroscopy, the diagnosis and treatment of subscapularis tendon tears have been increasingly reported.
➢ The patient history and physical examination findings are important to heighten the suspicion of a subscapularis tendon tear and to distinguish acute traumatic tears from degenerative tears.
➢ While nonoperative treatment is the primary option for subscapularis tendon tears, surgery may be considered for acute traumatic tears and tears for which nonoperative treatment has failed.
➢ Both open and arthroscopic subscapularis tendon repairs have provided good clinical outcomes.
➢ For arthroscopic repair, maximizing visualization is paramount to recognizing the subscapularis tendon tear and allowing anatomical repair.
Investigation performed at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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