J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2020 Apr;55(2):103-116. 10.4055/jkoa.2020.55.2.103.

Various Regimens for the Functional Recovery after Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Joint Reconstruction Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea


The incidence of rotator cuff tear is increasing rapidly due to the aging of the population and the advancement of radiological diagnosis, and so on. Recently, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is common way of surgery, and the surgical outcome is comparable to open rotator cuff repair. Arthroscopic repair is one of the minimally invasive procedures itself and may have additional benefits of postoperative pain reduction and early functional recovery. Recently, there has been increasing interest in various methods for improving the functional recovery of patients after arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Various protocols of functional recovery after arthroscopic shoulder surgery are classified by the postoperative period, and they are being studied actively and improved at each stage. On the other hand, there are a range of methods according to the postoperative period, rehabilitation stage, characteristics of individual patients, degree of rotator cuff tear, and underlying disease. Therefore, for functional recovery after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, it is essential to establish proper regimens for functional recovery.


rotator cuff tear; arthroscopic rotator cuff repair; functional recovery; rehabilitation
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