Date of Award

Spring 3-24-2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Michael Medvecky, MD


Rehabilitation in the immediate postoperative period after surgical rotator cuff repair is critical for long-term patient outcomes. This rehabilitation typically consists of six weeks of immobilization with a sling following surgery to optimize tendon-to-bone healing, but the benefit of this has been debated in recent years. The optimal immobilization period is difficult to determine because patient compliance with immobilization protocols varies. Subjective measures from patients regarding compliance are often unreliable, suggesting a need for a more objective approach. In this prospective cohort study, we will use temperature sensors to monitor sling wearing times and assess the effect of patient compliance with immobilization on tendon healing and functional outcomes following surgery. This objective measure of compliance will aid in clarifying the optimal immobilization period, which will help inform postoperative rehabilitation guidelines following rotator cuff repair and may reduce the burden associated with six weeks of immobilization for patients.

Open Access

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