Shoulder Rehabilitation

dreamstimeextrasmall_63068139 copyPost-operative Shoulder Protocols

General advice (slowed if patient requires immobilising post-operatively, or unless specifically states on the protocol)

  • Generally, depending on the type of surgery it can take up to 3 months to feel benefit from surgery.
  • At 6 weeks post-operatively, it is very normal to still be in discomfort and limited function.
  • Driving; normally this is ok 1-4 weeks after the operation, but is dependent on the nature of the injury or surgery, this can be discussed further at the time of consultation. When physically fit and in full control of the vehicle – driving is acceptable. Patients should make their insurance company aware of their operation and ask for any specific advice.
  • Return to work: Sedentary / office work: 1-2 weeks after the operation (unless in sling post-op)
  • Heavy manual work: This can be discussed at the time of surgery.

Protocols for the following surgical procedures:  

  1. Arthroscopic Sub-acromial decompression / ACJ excision
  2. Rotator Cuff repair
  3. Arthroscopic anterior stabilisation / Laterjet
  4. SLAP Repair
  5. Biceps Tenodises
  6. Capsular release / MUA
  7. AC Joint Stabilisation
  8. Posterior shoulder stabilisation
  9. Total Shoulder Replacement
  10. Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Adapted from Addenbrookes Hospital – Cambridge