There are 400,000-500,000 rotator cuff repairs performed in the United States each year.

Nearly 65% to 80% of these patients report feeling better with post-surgical exercise treatment, but that improvement can be short-lived, with another 40% to 50% of that group later reporting continued pain.

Professor Clinical-Scholar Physical Therapy Lori Michener and Associate Professor Jason Kutch hope to improve those outcomes with a new $45,000 grant, awarded by the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation.

In the study, the researchers will investigate the role of central sensitization in less-than-optimal rotator cuff rehabilitation outcomes.

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