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Rotator Cuff Tears: Our Approach

presented by Terry Malone

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Terry Malone covers topics related to the rehabilitation of rotator cuff tears. Understand the concepts of conservative management of patients presenting with rotator cuff impairment, recommend the proper sequence of exercises following rotator cuff surgery, and select the proper strengthening exercises following rotator cuff surgery. Open and closed chain exercise sequences for the shoulder will be contrasted and outlined for appropriate use after rotator cuff surgery. Terry also covers the various surgical techniques for repair of the rotator cuff, and their implications for rehabilitation.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Terry Malone, PT, EdD, ATC, FAPTA

    Dr. Terry Malone received his EdD and MSPT from Duke University in North Carolina and his BA from Bluffton College in Ohio. At Duke, he served as the initial Sports Physical Therapist and was the Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Clinic. He served as the initial Chairman of the Sports Specialization Council of the APTA and has been liaison to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports. Dr. Malone was the initial chair and dean of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, and served as the Physical Therapy Program Director at UK from 1993-2006. Terry is now a full time professor at the University of Kentucky, and enjoys most sports with a particular love for golf.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Anatomy, Biomechanics and Concepts

    1. Anatomy, Biomechanics and Concepts

    Identify key anatomical structures of the muscles comprising the rotator cuff and describe the biomechanics of these muscles.

  2. Surgical Approaches and Concepts

    2. Surgical Approaches and Concepts

    Identify conditions wherein conservative management should be recommended for rotator cuff tears, as well as when to refer for surgery. Describe surgical techniques and their implications for rehabilitation.

  3. Rehabilitation Concepts

    3. Rehabilitation Concepts

    Recommend the proper sequence of ROM exercises and select the proper strengthening exercises following rotator cuff surgery.

  4. Partial Tears

    4. Partial Tears

    Recognize the more common rotator cuff impairments seen in actual practice and the implications for rehabilitation.

  5. Rehabilitation Specifics

    5. Rehabilitation Specifics

    Contrast the open and closed chain exercise sequences for the shoulder and appropriately outline their use after rotator cuff surgery.

  6. Case Studies

    6. Case Studies

    Terry reviews real life case studies from his own clinical experience.