Anabolic Steroids can prove effective for shoulder tearsResearchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that anabolic steroid treatment can prove to be effective in improving surgical repair of recurrent or massive tears of the shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons.

This study was led by Dr. Spero Karas, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine. A bioengineered tendon that figured in experiments of this study was developed by Dr. Albert J. Banes, Professor of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering at UNC.

Karas further said that there is a synergistically kind of relationship between load and anabolic steroid when it comes to improving tendon characteristics. He also said that the crucial implications of this study may be applied in the near future to post-surgery healing of tendons that may have been left torn or retracted for a long time.