EXERCISE FOR ROTATOR CUFF IMPINGEMENT

STUDY SHOWS IT WORKS! Exercise for rotator cuff impingement can help reduce pain and improve function but it may not improve motion and strength. Manual therapy [having the PT perform techniques, such as joint mobilizations or soft tissue release techniques] helps as well. ECRC CAN HELP WITH EXERCISE PROGRAMS and MANUAL THERAPY. Exercise has significant…

PHYSICAL THERAPY OR SURGERY FOR SHOULDER: YOU DECIDE

Physical therapist-led exercises show equal effectiveness compared with surgery in the long term in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome, say authors of a systematic review published in the October 2009 issue (Vol 41 Issue 11) of the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. Research trials were searched electronically and manually from 1966 to December 2007. Study quality…

SURGERY OR EXERCISE FOR SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT

Arthroscopic acromioplasty provides no clinically important effects in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome over a structured and supervised exercise program alone in terms of subjective outcome or cost-effectiveness when measured at 24 months, say authors of a study published in the October 2009 issue (Vol 91, Issue 10) of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.…