IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Occupational shoulder injuries: Knowledge review on the clinical evaluation, treatment and return to work of workers suffering from rotator cuff disorders


Of all joint problems, shoulder pain is the second most common reason (after knee pain) for clinical consultation and severe incapacitation. At present, clinical practitioners have no standard approach for evaluating and treating this painful affliction. Researchers will therefore conduct a knowledge review on clinical evaluation, medical treatment, rehabilitation and return to work in connection with this problem. They will focus on adults suffering from one of the following four classes of musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder: tendinopathy in the rotator cuff without complete rupture, tendinopathy in the rotator cuff with complete rupture, retractile capsulitis and glenohumeral dislocation.

This knowledge review can then be used to formulate recommendations for clinical practitioners, researchers and decision-makers in connection with workers suffering from musculoskeletal shoulder disorders. For each class of disorder, the most precise diagnostic tests, the most accurate, valid and sensitive measurements, the most effective medical and rehabilitation treatments and the best predictors of a safe and lasting return to work will be defined. Avenues for research will also be identified.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2011-0031
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2015
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Jean-Sébastien Roy (Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec)
  • Francois Desmeules (Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont)
  • Pierre Frémont (Université Laval)
  • Joy MacDermid (McMaster University)
  • Clermont Dionne (Université Laval)