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Rotator cuff tendinopathy – treatment and return to work

There is low- to moderate-quality evidence that therapeutic exercises in clinical settings are effective in treating workers with rotator cuff tendinopathy and in promoting return to work (RTW), this systematic review of 10 studies found. There was moderate evidence that exercises were superior to placebo or no intervention in reducing pain and promoting RTW, and low-quality evidence that a work-based exercise programme was superior to one delivered in a clinical setting. There was low- to moderate-quality evidence that exercises and surgery were equally effective in pain relief, function and RTW. More high-quality studies are needed.

Journal of Occupational Health 2016; 58: 389–403.

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