Avoiding Shoulder Stiffness after Surgery

By Julia Guthart CHT/OT

How to avoid stiffness after shoulder 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. Attending physical therapy regularly is important to receive instruction on what movements and stretches are safe to perform. While at physical therapy the physical therapist will stretch the shoulder, which can be painful as you work to regain full range of motion. Appropriately controlling the pain can increase your tolerance to the stretching. The physical therapist will let you know when you are able to perform stretches on your own and how to do them. 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 to minimize scar tissue and muscle tightness that will limit your range of motion.  If you have questions about JOI Physical Therapy, give us a call at 904-858-7045.

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