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.
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.
Home Exercise Program
It is important for you to be compliant with your home program given in Physical Therapy. To avoid stiffness it is important to get pulleys and a cane to assist you with your range of motion at home. So, the home program is a very important aspect for your full recovery of your shoulder.
If you have recently had a shoulder surgery please watch this helpful video: Dressing the Upper Body After an Injury or Surgery
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045. Come see us!
- Finally, to schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
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.