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Thomas Mohl


rotator cuff repair, shoulder pain, decreased range of motion, decreased strength


This case report describes a 12-week physical therapy treatment of a patient that arrived to physical therapy following a rotator cuff repair of the right shoulder. The patient was a 43-year-old male who had a torn rotator cuff of the right shoulder following a farming accident.

Purpose: The purpose of this report is to describe the presentation, intervention, and outcomes of the 12-week treatment.

Description: Treatment for this patient included soft tissue mobilizations, joint mobilizations, stretching, and strengthening.

Outcomes. Following treatment, the patient gained strength and range of motion, but he was unable to reach full range of motion and had moderate deltoid and upper trapezius compensation.

Discussion: Treatment focused on manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to increase patient range of motion, strength, and decrease pain, as well as the use of different verbal, visual, and tactile cuing do activate the proper musculature.