Pieters, L, Voogt, L, Bury, J, Littlewood, C, Feijen, S, Cavaggion, C and Struyf, F (2019) Rotator CUFF disorders: A survey of current physiotherapy practice in Belgium and the Netherlands. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 43. 45 -51. ISSN 2468-8630

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BACKGROUND: Disorders of the rotator cuff are a common musculoskeletal pain presentation in the general population, and treatment by a physiotherapist is often prescribed. In 2011, 2016, surveys of physiotherapy practice in the United Kingdom (UK) were performed, which reported that advice and exercise were the most common treatment strategies used. The aim of this current survey was to examine current physiotherapy practice in Belgium and The Netherlands, with consideration of differences between physiotherapists who were members of a shoulder network and physiotherapists who were not. METHODS: During February/March 2018, a cross-sectional online survey was conducted in Belgium and The Netherlands. RESULTS: 505 physiotherapists completed the survey. Advice (n = 362/505), isotonic exercises (n = 302/505) and scapular stabilisation exercises (n = 359/505) were the most common treatment modalities for patients with rotator cuff disorders. Physiotherapists not part of a shoulder network group more commonly integrated mobilization (n = 66/254 SN, n = 125/251 N-SN), electrotherapy (n = 1/254 SN, n = 19/251 N-SN) and massage (n = 48/254 SN, n = 89/251 N-SN) compared to those who were member of the group. CONCLUSION: Advice and exercise were the most common treatment prescriptions, which aligns with recommendations from current research evidence. Practice differs between physiotherapists involved with a shoulder network group compared to those who are not.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Elsevier at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2019.06.001 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-sectional study, physiotherapy, Rotator cuff disorders, shoulder pain, survey
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC925 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 13:10
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6760

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