Rehabilitation and Return to Work and Sport After Rotator Cuff

Clin Sports Med. 2023 Jan;42(1):175-184. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2022.08.008.


This review covers a systematic approach to rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair. Rates of return to work and return to a prior level of sports activity in patients that have undergone rotator cuff repair will be reviewed. Risk factors and predictors of a patient's inability to return to work or prior level of sports participation will be discussed. Overall, there is a high level of return to work and sports following rotator cuff repair. Heavy manual laborers are at higher risk of not returning to a prior level of work, whereas professional overhead athletes are at higher risk of not returning to their prior level of play following rotator cuff repair.

Keywords: Postoperative shoulder stiffness; Professional and recreational athletes; Rehabilitation protocol; Return to sport; Return to work; Rotator cuff repair.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy
  • Humans
  • Return to Sport
  • Return to Work
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries* / surgery
  • Sports*