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The Importance Of The Number Of Physical Therapy Sessions After A Slap Surgery Repair Essay

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Background and Purpose: SLAP is a superior labrum tear in an anterior to posterior direction of the shoulder, affecting more than 4000 people in a year. Usually men between the ages of 20-30 and 40-50. The purpose of this case report is to show the relevance of the number of physical therapy sessions after a SLAP surgery repair.

Case Description: The patient was a 41-year-old male kinesiology professor physically active in volleyball, weight training, and cross-fit. The patient was diagnosed with a SLAP type II tear and micro-fracture visible on an MRI with arthrogram. Outcome measures employed were the QuickDASH for functional disability symptoms and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) to report the level of pain. Some of the interventions used in this case were grade I/II manipulations, pendulum, cryotherapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, PNF exercises, and closed kinetic chain activities.

Outcomes: After 27 physical therapy visits post surgeries in a period of 6 months the patient reported no perceived work disability after 52 weeks. Nonetheless, some functional disability was experienced when it came to general activities and sports between 4 to 13 percent based on the QuickDASH. Pain levels reported by the VAS remained considerable low. The subject reported the pain level between 0-4 on a 10 scale; pain decreased to zero by week 10.

Discussion: Decreasing the number of therapy visits and increasing the interval of time off between them, patients might be
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