With the high prevalence of re-tear rates following rotator cuff repair, it is imperative to for the rehabilitation therapist to achieve optimal outcomes while minimizing stress to the surgical repair. This course combines evidence-based practice with innovative strategies in order to maximize functional results while minimizing risk following rotator cuff repair. Recent advancements in rotator cuff surgery will be discussed and surgical, rehabilitation and pre-operative risk factors associated with cuff re-tears will be explained. An evidence-based rehabilitation program will be presented with factors that may necessitate modifications of protocols. Video- based manual therapy techniques, including glenohumeral joint mobilizations will be discussed within the context of an evidence-based approach. Numerous videos of therapeutic and corrective exercises will be shown, with an emphasis on correct technique. Case examples and/or clinical pitfalls will be explored throughout the course in order to reinforce learned concepts.

Course Objectives

  • Identify 3 potential reasons, based on expert opinion, that may contribute to the high re-tear rate following rotator cuff repair.
  • Identify 3 appropriate exercises during weeks 0-2 following rotator cuff repair
  • Identify 2 appropriate exercises during weeks 6-8 following rotator cuff repair
  • Identify 3 appropriate exercises during weeks 8-12 following rotator cuff repair

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 – Functional Anatomy
  • 8:05 – Pathophysiology of rotator cuff tears
  • 8:25 – Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • 8:40 – Rotator Cuff Re-Tears
  • 9:00 – Prognostic factors for successful outcome
  • 9:05 – Rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair
  • 9:30 – Q/A Session and Adjourn


  • Dr. Robert McCabe, MS, DPT, OCS

Dr McCabe is a clinician, researcher, and educator with 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of human performance at the Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, NY. His role at Gabreski includes overseeing injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation services for all military personnel. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University. Bob is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and is completing his certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. He has advance training and coursework in Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, EXOS performance training system, Active Release Therapy and the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). Bob has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49
Discount Code: EARLY


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