Sports Medicine Research: In the Lab & In the Field: The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists' Consensus Statement on Rehabilitation Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair (Sports Med Res)
Monday, April 4, 2016

The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists' Consensus Statement on Rehabilitation Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists' consensus statement on rehabilitation following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

Thigpen CA, Shaffer MA, Gaunt BW, Leggin BG, Williams GR, Wilcox RB 3rd. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Apr;25(4):521-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2015.12.018.

The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists has developed a consensus statement “to aid clinical decision making during the rehabilitation of patients after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.” After an introduction the statement describes the methods of development and lists the key recommendations. Next, the statement outlines the postoperative rehabilitation guideline to promote healing through milestone-based patient progression focusing on a series of phases: Phase 1 (0 to 6 weeks), Phase 2 (6 to 12 weeks), Phase 3 (12 to 20 weeks), and Phase 4 (20 to 26 weeks). The document also advises on frequency and format of supervised rehabilitation as well as management of complications.  



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