search for


Effects of a Trunk Stabilization Exercise with Gym Ball on Scapular Position for Patients with Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
J Kor Phys Ther 2018;30(1):8-13
Published online February 28, 2018;
© 2018 The Korea Society of Physical Therapy.

Mi Young Jung1, Young Uk Ryu2

1Yeungnam University Yeongcheon Hospital, Daegu; 2Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu, Korea
Young Uk Ryu
Received January 8, 2018; Revised February 7, 2018; Accepted February 22, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distribute under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution,and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Purpose: The present study was to investigate effects of scapular position and pain on a trunk stabilization exercise with gym ball for patients with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.
Methods: Subjects were patients after 2 weeks of rotator cuff repairs. Subjects were randomly assigned to conservative treatment group (CTG, n=10) or trunk stabilization with gym ball group (SBG, n=10), and participated one of those groups for 2 weeks. Measurements about pain and scapular position were assessed in before and after treatment programs.
Results: Pain reduced in both rest and night in SBG compared to CTG. In the case of scapular position, decreased scapular retraction (increased protraction) was found in CTG and vice versa in SBG. Reduced scapular anterior tilting was also found on SBG.
Conclusion: The present study showed that early performed trunk stabilization with gym ball could bring a scapular alignment that increases subacromial space and reduces pain. This suggests early trunk stabilization with gym ball programs to restore shoulder functions for patients with rotator cuff repair.
Keywords : Scapula, Stabilization exercise, Rotator cuff repair, Shoulder impingement

February 2018, 30 (1)
Full Text(PDF) Free

Social Network Service

Cited By Articles
  • CrossRef (0)