Post-Operative Shoulder Physiotherapy

Post-Operative Shoulder Physiotherapy

Article by John Miller

Your shoulder surgeon will have skillfully performed a surgical procedure that is the initial step towards your successful outcome. But, that is normally only the first phase of a successful shoulder surgery outcome.

Most post-operative shoulder patients undertake a structured post-operative rehabilitation program prescribed and supervised by your shoulder physiotherapist.

In the hospital, you may be prescribed with simple initial exercises or post-operative instructions to minimise complications. Once you are discharged, you’ll commonly require re-assessment, checking of your progress and individualised progressions depending upon your surgeon’s instructions.

Post-orthopaedic surgery, you’ll almost certainly require exercise progression to fully regain your range of motion, muscles strength, flexibility and function. Consulting a physiotherapist experienced in post-operative shoulder rehabilitation is recommended.

At PhysioWorks, we are happy to assist you in your post-operative shoulder care. Our physiotherapists are familiar with the shoulder post-operative treatment protocols routinely prescribed. We’ll happily liaise with your surgeon to determine any specific requirements based on your individual surgery.

Common Shoulder Pain & Injury Conditions

Rotator Cuff

Adhesive Capsulitis

Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Instability

Acromioclavicular Joint

Bone Injuries

Post-Operative Physiotherapy

Muscle Conditions

Systemic Conditions

Referred Pain

Shoulder Treatment

Researchers have discovered that managing your shoulder injury with physiotherapy is usually successful. Typically, you have two options: non-operative or a surgical approach. Your condition will dictate which option is best for you at this time. Non-operative care is conservative rehabilitation.

If shoulder surgery is required, then your physiotherapist may undertake:

  • Pre-operative rehabilitation  - to either try a non-operative treatment approach or to condition and prepare your body for a surgical procedure.
  • Post-operative physiotherapy - to safely and methodically regain your normal range of movement, strength, speed and function.

PhysioWorks physiotherapists have a special interest and an excellent working relationship with leading shoulder surgeons. Our physiotherapy team provide you with both conservative and post-operative shoulder rehabilitation options. We aim for you attaining the best possible outcome for your shoulder injury.

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