Authors assessed the association of preoperative factors with pain after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR). They presumed that nonstructural factors, including metrics of psychological well-being and preoperative narcotic use, would associate with higher pain levels postoperatively and that structural factors, such as tear size, would not be predictive. Psychosocial characteristics, including poor performance on validated measures of emotional well-being, were identified as most predictive of persistent pain following ARCR. Findings did not suggest a correlation of demographic and tear-specific structural factors with postoperative pain scores.

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