Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Comparative Effectiveness of Postoperative Rehabilitation for Rotator Cuff Tears
Three studies compared continuous passive motion with physical therapy vs. physical therapy alone. These three studies provided moderate evidence of no clinically important or statistically significant difference in function, but there was some evidence for earlier return to work with continuous passive motion. Overall, there was not enough quality evidence to determine the optimal postoperative rehabilitation protocol.
- Seida J, Schouten JR, Mousavi SS, et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears, Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 22 (Prepared by University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0023). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2010. AHRQ Publication No. 10-EHC050.
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