Recovery After Rotator Cuff Surgery

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Introduction After rotator cuff surgery, an exercise rehabilitation program will aid in your recovery, help you return to daily activities, and eventually will lead to your return to recreational activities and sports. This is a general rehabilitation program meant to be undertaken 4-6 weeks post-operation. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist to ensure you are ready for this program that provides a collection of stretches and exercises. However, not all exercises are recommended for all rotator cuff surgery patients. You should consult with your doctor or physical therapist before undergoing this program. In order to regain full athletic ability, two criteria must be improved: Muscular Strength Strengthening the muscles that surround the Glenohumoral (shoulder) joint will keep the joint stable. This will also help prevent further injury to the joint and/or the muscles surrounding it. Flexibility Stretching the muscles that surround the joint will help improve your range of motion and help you return to regular daily activities. It will also prevent further injury. Muscles targeted: • Biceps Brachii • Triceps Brachii • Supraspinatus • Infraspinatus • Subscapularis • Teres muscles (minor and major) • Rhomboids (minor and major) • Deltoids (Posterior, lateral, and anterior) • Trapezius Before we begin Here are a few pointers before you begin your workouts: Warmup Before beginning this program, warm up by doing light activity such as riding a stationary bike for 5-10 minutes. Pain Do not ignore pain, if these stretches or exercises cause pain anywhere (especially in your shoulder), consult your doctor or physical therapist. Stretches 1. Passive external rotation Equipment: Hockey stick, golf club, etc. Direct... ... middle of paper ... ...push your hips out to relieve pressure on your lower back 2. Pull cable back to your side while pulling your shoulder back and pushing your chest slightly forward 3. Slowly lower until arm is fully extended and shoulder is pulled slightly forward 4. Repeat 5. Repeat with your other arm 6. Bent over horizontal abduction Equipment: Dumbbell, weight bench or other, table-like flat surface Directions: 1. Lie flat on your stomach with your target shoulder on the edge of the bench or table 2. Slowly lift your arm out to side until completely horizontal 3. Return to starting position by slowly lowering weight Notes: • You can place either a towel or you hand under you chin for added comfort • This exercise can also be performed on one knee if needed • Lift your arm no higher than the level of your body • Keep your palm facing down throughout the entire exercise
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