Cross-talk between shoulder and neck pain: an imaging study of association between rotator cuff tendon tears and cervical foraminal stenosis

Wu W., Chang K., Han D., Lin C., ÖZÇAKAR L.

MEDICINE, vol.97, no.36, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 97 Issue: 36
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/md.0000000000012247
  • Journal Name: MEDICINE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: aging, neck, shoulder, spondylosis, ultrasound, SUPRASCAPULAR NERVE BLOCK, METAANALYSIS
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Rotator cuff tendon tears are prevalent in patients with shoulder pain, the third most common musculoskeletal complaint. As shoulders are largely innervated by cervical nerves, it seems possible that rotator cuff pathology could have an association with cervical spine disorders, although few studies have investigated this possibility. This study aimed to explore the association between rotator cuff tendon tears and cervical radiculopathy (at C5 and C6 levels) in the shoulder pain population.