The supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis muscles comprise the rotator cuff of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common injuries in orthopaedics. The treatment of these injuries, both non-operative and operative, can be very complex. Many specialists in the orthopaedic community have made rotator cuff treatment the focus of their careers. This prevalence and complexity have also made the injury very debilitating for patients. That’s where this rehab app comes in.
Medical iRehab Shoulder Rotator Cuff is a rehab app developed by a sports medicine physician & athletic trainer, both involved in sports medicine at the University of Arizona, and designed by Reubro International that aims to improve the rehabilitations process for patients.
This rehab app opens to a screen with a liability waiver and then the home screen. The user has four sections to chose from: General Information, Treatment, Prevention Strategies, and Recovery Time Frame. Most of these sections are very brief and only provide a very general overview of the topic except for the Treatment category which has most of the app content.
The language in the app is very easy to understand and clearly directed to a nonmedical patient population.
The real utility of the app is located in the Treatment section. This section has a wide variety of rehabilitation maneuvers and exercises for patients to learn. The sections are broken down by their respective goals for treatment.
The exercises have text descriptions but are also enhanced with images and videos. There is some variability in the quality of the videos but they are mostly clear and easy to follow. No official protocol is presented in the app. The treatments are focused on various topics such as range of motion, strengthening, or stability. These exercises appear to be a general overview of rehabilitation techniques to assist in the treatment of rotator cuff injuries guided by a therapist or physician.
- App interface is easy to use and navigate.
- Good use of multimedia to demonstrate treatment options.
- Well written basic information directed towards patients.
- Cost, the app is a little pricey for the content (similar resources available for free elsewhere)
- The information is not referenced in the app.
- No protocols or goals of therapy are listed.
This app provides many useful rehabilitation exercises and therapies for rotator cuff injuries, however, the content is somewhat limited without the assistance of a medical professional to help guide the use of the app content.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Very easy app to use and navigate.
- Multimedia Usage
Clear graphics and instructional videos.
This price is a little expensive given much of the content can be found in other sources for free.
- Real World Applicability
This app could be used as a supplement to a therapist or physician for treatment of rotator cuff injuries, but would not be sufficient on its own.
- Device Used For Review
- Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad