Prevention and Management of Stiffness After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: Systematic Review and Implications for Rotator Cuff Healing
Denard PJ et al. – The studies in this systematic review indicate that with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR), postoperative stiffness resistant to nonoperative management is uncommon despite an initial immobilization period. In the setting of resistant postoperative stiffness, arthroscopic capsular release can successfully restore range of motion. ARCR allows a delayed mobilization protocol that may be important in achieving rotator cuff healing. The optimal management of preoperative stiffness in patients undergoing ARCR is inconclusive based on this review.