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Table 3 Postoperative protocol

From: Single-row vs. double-row arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: clinical and 3 Tesla MR arthrography results

Phase I  
Days 1 to 14 Brace in abduction at 15°
Fingers, wrist, elbow and cervical spine movements
Days 15 to 28 Brace in abduction at 15°
Pendulum exercises
Passive movement of the shoulder up to 90°, avoiding rotations and pain.
Hydrotherapy after day 14
Phase II  
Weeks 5 to 12 Progressive brace removal
Musculoskeletal core strengthening
Strengthening of scapulothoracic muscles
Active assisted motion
Passive movement of the shoulder, including rotations
Proprioceptive exercises
Phase III  
Week 13 to 6 months Muscular strengthening with Thera-Band
Proprioceptive exercises
Phase IV  
After 6 months For people who are involved in sports and recreational activities, progressive introduction of sport-specific exercises without pain