Birmingham, Alabama 35294


The goal of this project is to identify an effective and conservative approach to treating partial thickness rotator cuff tears (PTRCT) that otherwise would end with a surgical correction needed.

Study summary:

Based off literature and clinical practice, the majority of rotator cuff tears continue to progress to surgical correction despite conservative measures. These include physical therapy, medication management and minimally invasive procedures such as subacromial bursa injections and intra-articular injections with steroids. Recently a popular treatment of common musculoskeletal injuries (including tendinopathies) has emerged throughout the US and has been utilized worldwide for many years with good empiric evidence known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. In partnership with UAB Orthopedics and Radiology, the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation aims to compare PRP to corticosteroid injections for patients with partial rotator cuff tears or tendinopathy. Outcome measures are ultrasound imaging, pain and disability over the course of 6 months.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. subjects between ages 19 to 75, both male and female 2. radiologic imaging which can include either magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound (US) consistent with partial thickness rotator cuff tears of any degree except for full thickness tears 3. Failed a trial of physical therapy of at least 4 weeks Exclusion Criteria: 1. Full thickness tears (well documented need for surgical correction) 2. sensory or neurologic complaint affecting the shoulder of interest 3. Coagulation disorder, platelet disorder 4. Pregnancy: Pregnancy test will be performed on women of childbearing age prior to their participation in the interventional portion of the study 5. Any major systemic illness such as ongoing infection or any condition that requires strict anti-platelet or anticoagulation therapy 6. Prior surgery to either cervical spine or shoulder 7. Active military 8. Injury part of worker compensation claim



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Alex Cotter, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alex Cotter
Phone: 205-934-3335

Backup Contact:

Sherricka Embery
Phone: 205-934-3283

Location Contact:

Birmingham, Alabama 35294
United States

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Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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