The effect of watching shoulder ROM changes on functional outcome and quality of life following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

PurposeThis study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of watching video records of their shoulder motion changes on functional outcomes and quality of life after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR). The patients were divided into two groups. In Group 1, video records of pre- and postoperative shoulder motions were recorded and showed. In Group 2, no video was showed to the patients. In Group 1, the first postoperative evaluation was done before video watching, and the second evaluation was done just after watching video records. In Group 2, the first and second postoperative measurements were performed with 10-20┬ádays interval. The Constant Murley score (CS), the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons score (ASES), the Short-Form 36 (SF-36) score, and active shoulder range of motion (ROM) values were used as an outcome tool. A total of 196 patients (Group 1; 76 patients and Group 2; 120 patients) with a mean age of 62.06 ┬▒ 7.17 years were included. There was a significant improvement in postoperative scores of SF-36 subscales (except emotional well-being and energy/fatigue), ASES, CM scores, and joint ROM values when compared to preoperative values for both groups ( < .001). The first postoperative outcomes were similar between groups ( > .05). In the second postoperative evaluation, emotional role functioning, energy/fatigue, emotional well-being, health change subscales of SF-36, and ASES scores were significantly higher in Group 1 compared with Group 2 ( < .05). When patients watch the pre- and postoperative video records of their shoulder ROM after ARCR, patients’ satisfaction and well-being perception increase in the short-term despite unchanged shoulder ROM.