What Physical Therapists NEED to Know About Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery – FPF Show Episode 19

By Nichole Bonner

February 4, 2022

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What Physical Therapists NEED to Know About Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

In today's episode we go over What Physical Therapists NEED to Know About Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sean Rockett:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 2:19 Dr Rockett - Bio (Why I trust him)
  • 4:12 Are rotator cuff tears the same in very fit people as in the general population?
  • 5:08 Does rotator cuff tear size matter in terms of physical therapy progression?
  • 5:55 Do larger rotator cuff tear repairs need more time before initiating strengthening?
  • 7:50 When should physical therapy start after rotator cuff repair?
  • 8:10 Open vs. arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • 9:02 What does it mean when a rotator cuff repair "fails"?
  • 9:30 Does tissue quality matter for rotator cuff repair?
  • 12:14 How does physical therapy change based on which tendon was repaired?
  • 16:01 How long should you protect the rotator cuff before increasing strength
  • 17:30 What to do if patients have multiple surgeries beyond traditional rotator cuff repair? (biceps tenodesis, distal clavicle excision, labral repair (SLAP, bankart) etc.)

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