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ACE Report #10700
Ace Report Cover Physical Therapy & Rehab

Post-operative rotator cuff repair immobilization: 3 weeks in a sling vs. 6 weeks in a brace


Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:1
Journal Level of Evidence:1

No Functional Difference Between Three and Six Weeks of Immobilization after Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Arthroscopy. 2018 Oct;34(10):2765-2774

Contributing Authors: JE Madsen A Hugo Pripp KK Jenssen K Lundgreen R Kvakestad S Dimmen

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Synopsis

120 patients with full thickness rotator cuff tears were randomized to receive either 3 weeks of post-surgery immobilization in a sling, or 6 weeks of immobilization in a brace (with an abduction pillow placing the arm in a neutral position). Follow-up was performed at the 6 week time-point, as well as at 3, 6 and 12 months post-surgery. Outcomes reported included the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff ...

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