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ISRN Rehabilitation
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 305938, 10 pages
Clinical Study

Improvement in Functional Ability and Quality of Life Takes Place among Patients with Supraspinatus Tendinitis Regardless of the Type of Intervention

1School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, 33014 Tampere, Finland
2Department of Social Services and Health Care, 68601 Jakobstad, Finland
3Department of Early Childhood Education, Åbo Akademi University, 68600 Jakobstad, Finland
4Suomen Terveystalo, 60220 Seinäjoki, Finland
5Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, 40014 Jyväskylä, Finland

Received 15 August 2011; Accepted 13 September 2011

Academic Editor: M. Pääsuke

Copyright © 2012 Pia Nyman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. The purpose of this study is to investigate the functional ability and state of health before and after three different treatments of patients ( 𝑛 = 1 5 6 ) with shoulder problems. Design. This is a comparative study using convenience sampling and Shoulder Rating Questionnaire, the Short Form-36 Health Survey self-evaluation questionnaires, and metabolic equivalent (MET), prior to and after intervention. The patients in Group 1 had an arthroscopic operation while Group 2 had an open acromioplasty. The patients in Group 3 had merely received conservative treatment. Results. Improvement has occurred regardless of the type of intervention. However, a change is notable less evident in the Conservative group, which at least in part can be explained by their higher initial scores (measurement 1); their situation has simply been better already from the start, and this is perhaps why they have not been placed onto an operation waiting list. Conclusion. Even if conservative treatment appears to result in comparatively poorer outcomes, the role of physiotherapy should not be disregarded. Physiotherapy cannot replace essential surgical operations, but physiotherapy is able to significantly alleviate patients' experiences of pain.