Physical Therapy Post Shoulder Surgery

by TFS
(Seattle, WA)

Do you know where I can find on the web a complete guide to physical therapy (PT) exercises that will assist in recovery post surgical Shoulder Subacromial Impingement With Distal Clavicle Osteolysis? I underwent this surgery 4 weeks ago and want to continue my PT at home/gym.

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May 04, 2008
Coming soon...
by: Bart - SII

This is exactly the type of information that I hope to have added to the website in the future. However, sometimes it is hard to find time to add great content like this with a full time day job. I do plan to have more specifics on exercises for the shoulder, knee, and ankle soon.

In the meantime, the best complete shoulder program that I have found on the web is The Ultimate Rotator Cuff Training Guide. It is a great resource for anyone who has shoulder pain, or who is recovery from shoulder surgery. The exercises are spot on and they are very similar to the ones I use with my patients in the clinic. It would be very effective for you after your subacromial decompression.

I would also recommend talking to your PT. They should provide you with some type of home program after you are discharged so that you can continue to progress your strengthening at home.

Hope this helps - comment back if you have other questions.

May 04, 2008
Good does get better!
by: Anonymous

You sound just like me. I want to get better and get better now. Give me everything I can do at home and otherwise so I can get my shoulder and my life as it was, back as it was.

My PT started me on home exercises when he felt my shoulder was sufficiently healed to do so. He's continued to add exercises and modify them, either by increasing reps or adding weights. I used to think that the more I did, the faster I would get better. I've learned to stick to the plan he has designed for me and behave. I have less pain, get more range of motion in a shorter time period when I do.

I too looked on the internet for what I can do at home, but he told me it adversely affects what he's having me do if he doesn't know about it and/or doesn't approve of it. He said I could actually hurt it again or slow my progress. So I run everything through him first.

I am 8 weeks out from a bone spur removal (subacromial), bursectomy and a repair (anchoring) of the supraspinatus tendon for an almost full tear. I have about 80% of my range of motion back and have just started to add 1 lb weights to build my strength. It just takes a really LONG time.

The best of luck to you.

May 19, 2009
by: Bruce

You say you have 80% of your range back. Is that doing passive stretches or moviong your arm yourself? I am 8 weeks out from surgery and have 80% of my range back doing passive stretches but can't lift my arm above 80 degrees without pain.

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