Exercise review for rotator cuff tendinopathy
Exercise is regarded as an effective intervention for treating rotator cuff tendon pathologies. Although exercise program should be specific to each patient, no review has addressed the common factors of successful programs.
The current systematic review included 14 studies with the mean age of participants being 50 years. The authors were able to make some broad, preliminary conclusions on effective exercise programs for rotator cuff tendinopathy. A program should include resistance (theraband) exercises.It does not seem to matter whether the exercises are performed pain free or with some level of pain nor does it matter whether the exercises are performed in clinic or at home. 3 sets of a given exercise is superior to 2 or 1 set and higher repetitions may be superior to lower repetitions.
An exercise program that possesses these components should yield clinically significant outcomes for most patients after a 12 weeks.
> From: Littlewood et al., Int J Rehabil Res (2015) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc . Click here for the Pubmed summary.