Exercise Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery following Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Peter Edwards

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Post-operative rehabilitation is essential to optimise patient outcomes following reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA). This thesis investigated an early mobilisation and strengthening rehabilitation protocol versus delayed-mobilisation to provide evidence-based practice guidelines which, for RTSA, was notably lacking. Additionally, the employment of accelerometers for assessing functional recovery following RTSA was also investigated. The findings demonstrated equivalent outcomes between early and delayed rehabilitation following RTSA, and that accelerometer outcomes were uncorrelated with standard patient-reported outcomes. Future research should seek to further accelerate rehabilitation following RTSA and utilise accelerometers alongside established outcome measures to measure the recovery of patient function following RTSA.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Ebert, Jay, Supervisor
  • Ackland, Tim, Supervisor
  • Wang, Allan, Supervisor
  • Joss, Brendan, Supervisor
  • Rubenson, Jonas, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 May 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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