Physiotherapy after subacromial decompression surgery: development of a standardised exercise intervention

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  • David Høyrup Christiansen
  • Deborah Falla
  • Poul Frost
  • Lars Henrik Frich
  • Susanne Wulff Svendsen

Colleges, School and Institutes


This paper describes the development and details of a standardised physiotherapy exercise intervention designed to address pain and disability in patients with difficulty returning to usual activities after arthroscopic decompression surgery for subacromial impingement syndrome. To develop the intervention, the literature was reviewed with respect to the effectiveness of postoperative exercises, components of previous exercise programmes were extracted, and input from clinical physiotherapists in the field was obtained through a series of workshops. The physiotherapy exercise intervention is currently being evaluated within the framework of the Shoulder Intervention Project (ISRCTN55768749).


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-39
Number of pages13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015