Shoulder Rehabilitation Protocol: superior capsule reconstruction

Please note it can take 9 months following surgery until the pre-operative symptoms have settled!

Phase 1: First 2 weeks

  • Wound care as outlined on the Shoulder Arthroscopy Rehabilitation page
  • You have been provided with a sling.
  • You should wear this most of the time
  • You may remove the sling for washing and dressing
  • You may perfomr simple tasks (eating/ writing) out of the sling
  • You should not attempt any active lifting of the arm during this time

Phase 2: 2-8 weeks

  • You will be seen in the clinic for a wound check at 2-3 weeks
  • The passive range of motion (PROM) of the shoulder will be assessed
  • You will be referred to start physiotherapy at this stage
  • The aim during this pahse is to regain the passive range of motion of the shoulder with exercises to stretch it.
  • You may actively lift the arm during this pahse but should not lift more than 2 Kg
  • Driving as comfortable from 4 weeks and when safe to do an emrgency stop.

Phase 3: 8 weeks+

  • You will be seen in the clinic at 8 weeks
  • You should now start exercises to strengthen the shoulder (this may be under the supervision of a physiotherapist)
  • These exercises are specifically designed to strengthen the naterior deltoid muscle as the supraspinatus (main rotator cuff muscle) has been replaced by the graft.