What is a shoulder arthroplasty? Reverse shoulder arthroplasty shifts the rotational center of the shoulder joint caudally and medially to restore shoulder function in a rotator cuff deficient shoulder. A lack of exercise in elderly patients may be one reason for this loss in function after the surgical approach. Successful outcome of total shoulder arthroplasty depends on a well-designed and a well-executed physical therapy program. For maximal benefit, the program is usually initiated immediately after surgery and follows a logical pattern of joint mobilization followed by therapeutic exercises.
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After surgery Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do: Follow Instructions, Watch for infection, Cough carefully, Sanitize, Home modification checklist.
- Don't: Skip appointment, drive to soon, heavy lifting, smoking, overuse of pain meds, sports to early.
Some of the things to consider post-surgical:
- Cryotherapy or Thermotherapy
- Passive Range of Motion
- Therapeutic exercises
- Manual Therapy
- E-Stim, Laser and US