The effect of mulligan mobilization on pain and life quality of patients with rotator cuff syndrome: A randomized controlled trial


Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, vol.32, no.1, pp.171-178, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.3233/bmr-181230
  • Journal Name: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.171-178
  • Keywords: Rotator cuff syndrome, Mulligan mobilization, pain, quality of life
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Mulligan mobilization techniques cause pain and affect the function in patients with Rotator cuff syndrome. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of Mulligan mobilization on pain and quality of life in individuals with Rotator cuff syndrome. METHODS: This study was conducted on 30 patients with Rotator cuff syndrome. The patients were randomized into Mulligan and control group. All the patients participating in this study were treated with conventional physiotherapy. Additionally, the Mobilization with movement (MWM) technique was used in the Mulligan group. Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH), goniometer for the normal range of motion (ROM) and Short Form-36 (SF-36) questionnaires were used for assessment. RESULTS: Statistically significant improvement was found in the post-treatment VAS, DASH, SF-36, and ROM values significantly improved in both groups (p < 0.05). However, the Mulligan group showed much better results when compared to the control group in ROM, VAS, DASH (p < 0.05). In the SF-36 questionnaire, significant results were obtained for both groups, except the social function parameter. For the SF-36 parameters, both groups performed equally. CONCLUSIONS: Mulligan mobilization was more effective than general treatment methods for pain as well as normal joint motion, DASH scoring and some parameters of SF-36 compared with general treatment methods.