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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2014 November;173(11):539-45

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Efficacy of hydrotherapy on patients underwent a rotator cuff surgical repair

De Ruvo F. 1, Zanazzo M. 2

1 Libero professionista, fisiatra AZIMUT riabilitazione, Biella, Italia; 2 Libero professionista, masso fisioterapista AZIMUT riabilitazione, Biella, Italia


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AIM: The aim of our work was to investigate the efficacy of adding an hydrotherapy program in the rehabilitation of patients underwent a surgical repair of the rotator cuff, and verify if statistically significant differences are present in the final outcome of patients treated in the traditional way (manual therapy and active exercise) compared to those who is treated in the same way but with the addition of treatment sessions in the water.
METHODS: In this study, 20 non randomized patients after surgical repair of the rotator cuff (no long head of the biceps tenotomy or tenodesis) were included divided in two groups. In group A ten patients (2 men, 8 women, mean age 66) which refuse for personal reason to utilize the swimming pool; group B was formed by 7 men and 3 women, mean age 60 years. All patients had preoperatory symptoms for no longer than one year. Patients were examined with range of motion measurements in flexion and external rotation, pain (Visual Numeric Scale) and evaluation scale compilation (Simple Shoulder Test).
RESULTS: All subjects in both groups demonstrate statistically significant improvements in the 12 weeks. No statistically significant differences were found between the two groups.
CONCLUSION: Our experience allows us to state that aquatic therapy is easy and safe to perform, adding comfort and psychological encouragement for the patients during the rehabilitation program.

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