Date of Award

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Bioengineering

Advisor

Dr. David M. Kwartowitz

Committee Member

Dr. Delphine Dean

Committee Member

Dr. Melinda Harman

Abstract

Rotator cuff disease is a degenerative disorder that is a common, costly, and often debilitating, ranging in severity from partial thickness tear, which may cause pain, to total rupture, leading to loss in function. In current clinical practice, treatment decisions are frequently made through subjective assessment of pain and range of motion combined with qualitative assessment of x-ray images, magnetic resonance images (MRI), or ultrasound images. Treatment of disease may include physical therapy, surgery, or a combination of both. Often, the final determination of the best course of action is at the discretion of the clinician, and is based on personal experience as opposed to quantitative standards.

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