Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson


Rotator Cuff -- surgery


The purpose of this study is to establish the outcome of rotator cuff repair and rehabilitation for St. Alexius Medical/Bone and Joint Center, Bismarck ND, using standardized measurement which both third-party payers and providers can utilize. Thirty-seven rotator cuff repairs (36 patients) performed between September 1995 and December 1996 were reviewed retrospectively. One subject was excluded because therapy was completed outside of St. Alexius Physical Therapy. There were 22 males (61 percent of cases) and 13 females (14 shoulders) included in the study. The average age patient was 62.06 years, ranging from 38-80 years, with a median age of60.5. The mean number of outpatient visits needed for rehabilitation was 7.51 with standard deviation of3.28 and a median of six visits. Twenty-four of the 32 (75 percent) patients analyzed achieved good-to-excellent results, while requiring an average of 6.75 physical therapy visits. Eleven subjects reported an average of96.32 percent satisfaction with their functional level one year after surgery. From the above results, it can be concluded for this health care facility, the combination of surgical repair and rehabilitation of rotator cuff tears has produced excellent clinical outcomes.