HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN IMPROVE THE OUTCOME OF SHOULDER REPLACEMENT
It is well known that when your shoulder starts to hurt, physical therapy can be one of the best options to fix the problem and get you back to your life. But what happens when conservative care has not worked, and your orthopedic physician is recommending a shoulder replacement?
We’ve put together some information on why total shoulder replacements are performed and what the rehabilitation following shoulder replacement entails.
First, we want to clarify the three types of shoulder replacement:
Total shoulder arthroplasty, or total shoulder replacement
Shoulder hemiarthroplasty, or partial shoulder replacement
A reverse total shoulder
Together, you and your orthopedic surgeon will decide which of these replacements is best suited for you. Any of these shoulder replacement options can be great for those with problems such as severe shoulder pain that has not improved with other interventions, progressed degenerative osteoarthritis or traumatic injury that is limiting your quality of life.
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapy is one of the most important aspects of recovery prior to and following shoulder replacement surgery.
Before the surgery, a physical therapist can help to ensure that the shoulder to be replaced is as strong and as mobile as possible. Research has shown that the stronger the area is before the surgery, the easier the recovery and the better the outcome is.
Following surgery is when the real work begins. It is extremely important to regain the lost strength and range of motion of the shoulder as quickly and as safely as possible, as any lag in care may disrupt the progression of recovery. To ensure the best possible outcome of your shoulder, your orthopedic physical therapist will work with you to strengthen and mobilize the shoulder, improve posture, train functional movements and educate you on the activities and exercises to perform at home.
The CORE Physical Therapy Difference
Our physical therapists at CORE Physical Therapy have helped many, many patients following a shoulder replacement return to a full and functional life. The physical therapists at CORE all have advanced knowledge in orthopedics, which is exactly what is needed following a shoulder replacement.
To learn more about how CORE Physical Therapy can help with your shoulder replacement recovery, contact us today.