The combination of arthritis and rotator cuff tears is called rotator cuff tear arthropathy. Rotator Cuff Arthropathy is a severe damage to the shoulder caused by lack of rotator cuff muscles.
Under this condition the shoulder loses not only the cartilage that normally covers its joint surface but also the tendons of the rotator cuff tear which help position and power the joint. It is extremely painful and most of the people who suffer from it feel discomfort especially at night and when attempting to use the arm. Until few years back there was no satisfactory treatment available for it. But now the reverse shoulder arthroplasty has become a potential solution for those patients who could not be managed effectively with a conventional total shoulder arthroplasty. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty has changed the future of this painful shoulder condition. If done meticulously; it gives promising outcomes to solve the problem of Arthropathy.