Date of Award
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Background and Purpose. A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among older adults and can lead to a decreased ability to perform daily functions. The purpose of this case report is to look at a single patient's rehabilitation following arthroscopic repair of a rotator cuff tear utilizing therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy techniques.
Case Description. The patient was a 69-year-old, Caucasian male who was referred to physical therapy for evaluation and treatment following left shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff tear and sub-acromial decompression. The patient complained of increased pain and decreased function that progressively worsened over several years. Interventions included therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy techniques to decrease pain and increase strength and range of motion.
Outcomes. Following therapeutic interventions over the course of an 8-week period, the patient demonstrated near normal function in his surgically repaired shoulder and had a significant decrease in pain.
Discussion. This case suggests that through the use of therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy techniques, function will be restored to patients following arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tears.
Benson, Braden, "Physical therapy rehabilitation of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: a case study" (2018). Physical Therapy Scholarly Projects. 638.