Avoiding Shoulder Stiffness after Surgery

By Julia Guthart, OTR/L CHT

How to Avoid Stiffness After Shoulder Surgery?

Read this article to learn on how you can avoid shoulder stiffness after surgery.

Every surgery is a little different, depending on the structures and extent of the repair performed there will be different precautions given by the doctor. In addition, attending physical therapy regularly is important to receive instruction on what movements and stretches are safe to perform.

Avoiding shoulder stiffness after surgery can be hard. However, JOI can help!

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While at physical therapy the physical therapist will stretch the shoulder. This can be painful as you work to regain full range of motion. Appropriately controlling the pain can increase your tolerance to the stretching. Furthermore, the physical therapist will let you know when you are able to perform stretches on your own and how to do them. Also, they will usually provide you with a printout of stretches as a home exercise program to compliment what you are doing in physical therapy. It is imperative that you complete the stretches given every day. These stretches minimize scar tissue and muscle tightness that will limit your range of motion.

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All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services. These are virtual visits from the convenience of your home. Furthermore, if you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. Furthermore, to learn about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

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