Rotator Cuff Disorders: A Survey of Current Uk Physiotherapy Practice

Chris Littlewood*, Anna Lowe, John Moore

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Shoulder pain is a common problem and disorders of the rotator cuff are considered to be the commonest cause of this pain. Despite this, there is a paucity of high-quality research upon which to base practice. There is a clear need to determine the range of current practice as a basis upon which to inform future research. Objectives: To describe current physiotherapy practice in relation to the assessment and management of rotator cuff disorders and to gain an insight into the perceived research needs of physiotherapists in the UK. Methods: An electronic survey was developed and responses were sought in relation to a case report considered to represent a patient with a typical rotator cuff disorder. Results: A total of 110 surveys were completed. The respondents stated that they would undertake a range of diagnostic tests, offer a wide variety of interventions and offer a broad prediction of prognosis. Conclusion: Current physiotherapy practice in relation to rotator cuff disorders is variable, which might reflect the lack of high-quality evidence available. There is a clear need for high-quality research to inform physiotherapy practice in this burdensome area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalShoulder and Elbow
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • physiotherapy
  • Rotator cuff
  • survey


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