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 comfort but try to do without it if you can.
- You can use the arm with no restrictions below shoulder height
- You may actively lift the arm above shoulder level but this will be painful
- Use the good arm to lift the operated arm above shoulder height several times day (passive stretching to prevent stiffness)
- Try to avoid carrying anything greater than 2Kg as this will be painful
- Start the rehabilitation exercises on the instruction sheet as soon as possible.
- Aim to do the exercises 10 times each, 3 times a day.
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
- Increase the passive forward flexion exercise and start abduction exercises (out to the side)
- Aim: Active forward flexion and abduction to horizontal by 6 weeks, passive flexion, abduction and external rotation to normal by 6 weeks.
- Driving as comfortable from 2 weeks and when safe to do an emergency stop.
Phase 3: 8-16 weeks
- You will be seen in the clinic at 8 weeks
- You should now start exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff (this may be under the supervision of a physiotherapist)
- If able you can now start to lift the arm above shoulder level
- Aim: Full active forward flexion and abduction by 12 weeks
- You may be discharged at this stage if you are doing well