Factors That Impact Rehabilitation Strategies After Rotator Cuff Repair

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, School of Health Professions, Department of Physical Therapy, Dallas, TX.
The Physician and sportsmedicine (Impact Factor: 1.49). 11/2012; 40(4):102-14. DOI: 10.3810/psm.2012.11.1993
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Multiple factors influence rehabilitation strategies after rotator cuff repair. These variables may also impact the overall success of the surgical intervention. Physicians and rehabilitation specialists should be aware of prognostic indicators that can provide therapeutic guidance and offer insights into eventual clinical outcomes. The success of surgical and rehabilitative interventions is often evaluated in terms of patient-reported outcome measures, return to activity, and pain. Although these factors are somewhat interdependent, each of them independently influences the final result. This article presents a comprehensive overview of the recent literature in this area to provide insight as to the short- and long-term outcomes that patients should expect based on their unique presentations. This article examines both intrinsic and extrinsic patient factors to help therapists develop customized rehabilitation programs that optimize surgical outcomes.

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