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Early Range of Motion Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

This study has been completed.
Donaghue Medical Research Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Augustus Mazzocca, UConn Health Identifier:
First received: February 13, 2009
Last updated: April 24, 2017
Last verified: April 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether there is a difference in the quality of life, ability to return to functioning (back to everyday life), the amount of experienced pain in patients who immediately move their shoulder versus patient who delay moving their shoulder after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. We are also interested in whether there is a difference in the healing rates between these two groups.

Condition Intervention
Rotator Cuff Disease Other: Early motion Other: Standard motion

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Investigator
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Early Range of Motion on Clinical Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Cuff Integrity Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair. A Prospective Randomized Study.

Further study details as provided by Augustus Mazzocca, UConn Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (WORC) [ Time Frame: 6 month post surgery ]

Enrollment: 73
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2013
Primary Completion Date: April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Early motion Other: Early motion
Early referral to physical therapy for range of motion (2 days post)
Standard motion Other: Standard motion
Standard referral to physical therapy for range of motion (4 weeks post)


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients who are between 18 years and 70 years of age
  • full thickness rotator cuff tear on ultrasound and MRI
  • failed conservative management

Exclusion Criteria:

  • concomitant pathology including massive rotator cuff tears that extend into the subscapularis or the teres minor and all co-existing labral pathology
  • history of neuromuscular or degenerative disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00845715

United States, Connecticut
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, Connecticut, United States, 06030
Sponsors and Collaborators
UConn Health
Donaghue Medical Research Foundation
Principal Investigator: Augustus D Mazzocca UConn Health
  More Information

Responsible Party: Augustus Mazzocca, Professor, UConn Health Identifier: NCT00845715     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-311-3
Study First Received: February 13, 2009
Last Updated: April 24, 2017

Keywords provided by Augustus Mazzocca, UConn Health:
rotator cuff
range of motion processed this record on July 21, 2017