ARC Trial Physical Therapist FAQs

What should I do if my patient is not compliant with their home exercises?

Encourage them to do their home exercises as instructed, emphasizing the role doing so plays in both the length and success of their recovery, as you would for any patient. However, patient compliance with the home exercise program is distinct from physical therapist compliance with the treatment protocol. When completing the Physical Therapist Report Form(s) [...]

How should I indicate in the Physical Therapist Report that modifications to the treatment protocol were made?

Even if you made some modifications to the treatment protocol, you should still answer YES on the PT Report form that the prescribed PT Protocol was followed. Further on in the report you should indicate which sets of exercises, if any, weren’t performed and why. However, if you did not follow the treatment protocol at [...]

What if a patient I am treating crosses over to the other treatment arm (e.g. operative patient does not have surgery or non-operative patient ends up having surgery)?

You will be referred to the site lead physical therapist for a call to discuss the treatment protocol changes. If needed, you can access the appropriate non-op or post-op PT treatment protocol on the study website: After the patient finishes physical therapy, you will receive an additional retrospective PT report form, which you will [...]

What if my post-operative patient has had a surgical procedure other than (or in addition to) a rotator cuff repair? What protocol should I follow?

If a post-operative patient has had alternate or additional surgical procedures, you may modify the treatment protocol as appropriate based on the procedures they received. For example, if an operative patient had a debridement only, you should follow the post-operative treatment protocol but may advance the patient through each phase as tolerated (as opposed to [...]

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