The primary goal of post-surgical rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair is to control pain, protect repaired tissue during the healing process, restore function, improve range-of-motion, restore strength and prevent a recurrence of symptoms. During the initial healing phase following surgery, six weeks of passive range of motion is performed to protect the surgical site. Active and active-assisted exercise that result in a muscle contraction are not performed during the initial healing stage in order to protect the integrity of the repair.

The amount of protection that is needed for healing is determined by the size or quality of the tear and the type of procedure used for the repair. Protecting tissue does not mean avoiding motion.

Passive range of motion is utilized to prevent adhesions, prevent the detrimental effects of immobilization, reduce pain, reduce edema, reduce inflammation and stimulate soft tissue healing. For a growing number of surgeons continuous passive motion (CPM) has become the Gold Standard for passive motion therapy during
this six week period. CPM has demonstrated enhanced tendon healing that is statistically superior to intermittent motion and counters the harmful effects of immobilization.

Ask your doctor if you are considering rotator cuff surgery, if a CPM would be a recovery treatment option that would fit your lifestyle and recovery goals.

To hear an Occupational Therapists  share her own personal experience using a CPM for her recovery  visit:

Photo: QAL Medical is at the AOTA show in Baltimore!  We are having fun at our booth #857 sharing how motion heals all the synovial joints beyond the knees!  Here is an eager student learning about the benefits of continuous passive motion for shoulders first hand!

AOTA Future Occupational Therapist trying out the OrthoAgility Shoulder CPM

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