The Rotator Cuff muscles and tendons are commonly considered to be recruited synchronously and equally to dynamically stabilise the humeral head onto the glenoid fossa during shoulder movement.
We tend to see rotator cuff tears commonly associated with elderly patients, males, more often affecting the dominant arm, and in activities which include heavy loads or where there has been a traumatic incident.
Patients may choose, and surgeons may recommend a rotator cuff repair as the optimal treatment regimen. As physiotherapists we need to know what to do with these patients when they present to us for post-operative rehabilitation.
In this presentation Lindsay takes the time to answer questions, which you as a therapist constantly ask yourself.
How much pain is ok during the rehabilitation of the post-operative rotator cuff repair?
Understanding the stages of healing, and how this influences your treatment and rehabilitation progress is key. What ranges of motion should I expect for the various stages of healing following the tendon repair?
There is so much information which we can give to the patient, and by educating them, empower them through the journey of rehabilitation.
• how to wear the sling,
• how to sleep,
• how to wean off the sling.
Click here to learn more as a therapist and guide your patient through their Rotator Cuff Repair Rehabilitation journey.
1. (J Lewis, Manual Therapy, 2016, 23: 57 – 68)
2. (Yamamoto et al, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2010, Jan;19(1):116-20).