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How is the shoulder rehabilitated after a joint replacement surgery?

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Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Carefully

Usually, the subscapularis, one of the rotator cuff muscles is detached to enter the shoulder joint.
This needs to heal for there to be a working shoulder. Usually, people are protected in a sling for 4 weeks. Only simple exercises are used during this time period. Following this therapy continues for 8-12 weeks.

In brief: Carefully

Usually, the subscapularis, one of the rotator cuff muscles is detached to enter the shoulder joint.
This needs to heal for there to be a working shoulder. Usually, people are protected in a sling for 4 weeks. Only simple exercises are used during this time period. Following this therapy continues for 8-12 weeks.
Dr. Charles Toman
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Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Physical therapy

Joint replacement surgery is so specialized and specific to the individual that only a thorough assessment by a physical therapist trained in such rehabilitation qualifies as the proper approach.
Your orthopedist should be able to point you in the right direction. This type of therapy takes time and a lot of dedication on the part of the recipient. Good luck.

In brief: Physical therapy

Joint replacement surgery is so specialized and specific to the individual that only a thorough assessment by a physical therapist trained in such rehabilitation qualifies as the proper approach.
Your orthopedist should be able to point you in the right direction. This type of therapy takes time and a lot of dedication on the part of the recipient. Good luck.
Dr. Joseph Hermann
Dr. Joseph Hermann
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Dr. Jonathan Levy
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: PT not always needed

Formal physical therapy is not always needed following shoulder replacement surgery.
An article published in the journal of shoulder and elbow surgery illustrated this point: http://www.Jshoulderelbow.Org/article/s1058-2746(09)00302-4/abstract.

In brief: PT not always needed

Formal physical therapy is not always needed following shoulder replacement surgery.
An article published in the journal of shoulder and elbow surgery illustrated this point: http://www.Jshoulderelbow.Org/article/s1058-2746(09)00302-4/abstract.
Dr. Jonathan Levy
Dr. Jonathan Levy
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Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Gradual therapy

Initially range of motion exercises are simple, such as pendulum movements with the arm dangling.
Gradual work in getting the arm elevated using the wall the assist or a pulley system is the next step. Once motion is achieved, the strengthening phase can begin after a few weeks.

In brief: Gradual therapy

Initially range of motion exercises are simple, such as pendulum movements with the arm dangling.
Gradual work in getting the arm elevated using the wall the assist or a pulley system is the next step. Once motion is achieved, the strengthening phase can begin after a few weeks.
Dr. John Dearborn
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