Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Susan H.N. Jeno


Scapula -- injuries; Shoulder Injuries -- rehabilitation; Case Reports


Background and Purpose. This case report describes the physical therapy intervention for a patient with an open reduction and internal fixation of a scapula fracture with decreased shoulder strength,

Description. A 53-year-old-man with decreased left shoulder strength resulting from a 9-week period of inactivity following his surgery received physical therapy services for 4 sessions consisting of therapeutic exercise and manual therapy techniques, Active range of motion and manual muscle testing were completed at the initial evaluation and at discharge,

Outcome . Following the physical therapy intervention, improvements were noted in shoulder strength and patient was able to return to most work duties and recreational activities,

Discussion. An intervention of therapeutic exercise and manual therapy may be an effective method to improve shoulder strength following a scapula fracture and surgery,