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The Rotator Interval: Pathology and Management

The rotator interval describes the anatomic space bounded by the subscapularis, supraspinatus, and coracoid. This space contains the coracohumeral and superior glenohumeral ligament, the biceps tendon, and anterior joint capsule. Although a definitive role of the rotator interval structures has not been established, it is apparent that they contribute to shoulder dysfunction. In this article, “The Rotator Interval: Pathology and Management”, a review of the anatomy and function of the rotator interval is analyzed. The presentation, physical examination, imaging characteristics, and management strategies are discussed for various diagnoses attributable to the rotator interval. Preferred methods for treatment of each lesion are also discussed.