IMMED. POST-OP: Patient sent home with shoulder immobilizer to be worn at all times for 6 weeks except: bathing, changing shirts, home exercises and P.T. Keep surgical incisions dry at all times for 2 weeks. Begin home exercises right away per your home exercise instruction sheet.
POST-OP 2 WEEKS: Begin P.T.: Therapist to begin PASSIVE: ABDUCTION, ELEVATION, INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ROTATION TO 90 DEGREES. No active motion and no strengthening exercises yet. Modalities as needed.
POST-OP 6 WEEKS: Discontinue immobilizer. Therapist to push passive ROM to maximum. Begin isometric exercises in all planes of motion…keep resistance light (2lbs.) in ABDUCTION and EXTERNAL ROTATION.
POST-OP 9 WEEKS: Begin isotonic strengthening in all planes. Keep weight Maximum 5 lbs. in ABDUCTION and EXTERNAL ROTATION.
POST-OP 12 WEEKS: Gradually increase weight limits to MAXIMUM IN ALL PLANES.
POST-OP 14 WEEKS: DISCONTINUE PHYSICAL THERAPY. Continue strength work at home. Gradually resume all activities.