The arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff has shown good long-term results; including many factors, patient and surgeon related, which influence the outcome and healing after the surgery (Abtahi, Granger and Tashjian, 2015).
Rotator cuff tendinopathy refers to dysfunction within one or more of these tendons. Patients present themselves with reduced range of movement, pain and weakness in the shoulder (Wolfson et al., 2010). Poor shoulder mechanics can rub the tendon against the edges of the bony space resulting in microscopic tears within the substance of the tendon.
Surgical repair is the solution if nonoperative treatment was not successful (van der Meijden et al., 2012).
There is still little evidence available regarding a “gold standard” post op treatment (van der Meijden et al., 2012). This is why rehabilitation protocols are not only challenging for physiotherapists, but also for the surgeons.
Van der Meijden O. A. et al., Rehabilitation after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: current concepts review and evidence-based guidelines, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 7(2), pp: 197-218
Abtahi A.M., Granger E.K. and Tashjian R.Z., 2015, \Factors affecting healing after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, World Journal of Orthopedics, 6(2), pp: 211-220
Wolfson A.B. et al., 2010, Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine,5th Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, p:71