January 10, 2013: Rotator cuff injuries are common and can range widely in terms of severity. In this episode, a specialist in shoulder surgery and a physical therapist discuss the varied treatments for rotator cuff injuries, predict future changes for rotator cuff surgery and rehabilitation, and identify symptoms of rotator cuff injuries.
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Richard J. Hawkins, MD, FRCSC, is a world renowned orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the shoulder, and a co-founder of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. Currently, he is the program director of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and chairman of the Hawkins Foundation. He is a founding member and past-president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society. He has also served team physician for the National Football League’s (NFL) Denver Broncos and the Major League Baseball's (MLB) Colorado Rockies.
Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC, is a clinical research scientist with Proaxis Physical Therapy in South Carolina. He also holds adjunct appointments with Duke University Division of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina Department of Physical Therapy, and Clemson University Bioengineering. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to the prevention and treatment of shoulder pain, and has presented topics related to shoulder dysfunction at the national and international conferences.