Centre for Reviews and Summaries

NCOR launched our Centre For Reviews and Summaries (CFRS) in early 2017. This will grow into a one-stop-shop for all osteopaths who want to read summaries of the latest evidence relating to osteopathic care and management. Our Snapshot Summaries are intended to provide a brief overview of predominantly manual therapy and osteopathically-relevant research, with references for further reading. They are not intended to be an exhaustive or systematic review of the literature.

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Exercise therapy in the management of shoulder pain

Different approaches to exercise therapies should be prescribed according to the dysfunction or diagnosis. Key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:

  • For rotator cuff disorders, Exercise therapy — including stretching, range of motion exercises, and strengthening — may result in greater pain reduction when combined with other therapies, including manual therapy and acupuncture.
  • For frozen shoulder, exercise should only be recommended once movement can be tolerated after the acute phase.

The full Snapshot Summary is available as a PDF to download.