Physical therapy for arthroscopic shoulder surgery Q&A
Physical therapy helps to strengthen the muscles by improving post-surgical pain while an orthopedist evaluates, diagnoses, and treats joint issues using arthroscopy. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is required when a person’s ability to work, play, and perform daily tasks is compromised by discomfort. During the procedure surgeon utilized specialized tools and arthroscopy to remove material from the shoulder that was causing pain. Physical therapy helps in healing by extending the range of motion and reducing stiffness, Physical therapy is recommended by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Gautsch MD, FACS, FAAOS after surgery in Southern Sports Medicine. To learn more about the procedure, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations for you in Gallatin, TN, and Nashville, TN.
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Why is shoulder arthroscopy done?
When should I start physiotherapy after surgery?
What shoulder injuries does arthroscopic shoulder surgery treat?
How long after surgery should you start physio?
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive and highly effective surgical procedure that is done to diagnose and treat a variety of shoulder conditions. The procedure involves making small incisions in the shoulder and inserting a tiny camera and small instruments through the incisions to examine and repair the joint. Some of the most common reasons why shoulder arthroscopy is done include rotator cuff tears, arthritis, labral tears and joint instability.
The timing of when to start physiotherapy after arthroscopic surgery can vary depending on your recovery period and your surgeon’s recommendations. It is always best to follow your surgeon’s suggestions and instructions regarding when to start physiotherapy as they will know best about your specific condition and surgery.
In general, most people start physiotherapy within a few days to a week after surgery, but it can be started as early as the day of surgery or as late as a few weeks after the surgery. The physiotherapy will be started in a gradual and controlled way, starting with range of motion exercises and progressing to more advanced exercises as your condition improves.
The goal of physiotherapy after arthroscopic surgery is to help the individual regain strength, range of motion, and function in the affected joint as quickly and safely as possible. Physical therapy is also important to prevent the formation of scar tissue, which can limit range of motion and cause pain and discomfort.
Physical therapy will include exercises to regain range of motion and strength, as well as techniques to reduce pain and swelling. Additionally, your therapist will teach you how to protect the joint and prevent re-injury. It’s important to follow both your surgeon’s and your physiotherapist’s instructions and attend all scheduled appointments to ensure the best recovery possible.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries that arthroscopic shoulder surgery can treat include:
Rotator cuff tears: Arthroscopy can be used to repair tears in the rotator cuff tendons, which can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder.
Impingement syndrome: Arthroscopy can be used to remove bone spurs or other tissue that is impinging on the rotator cuff tendons or bursa, which can cause pain and inflammation.
Arthritis: Arthroscopy can be used to remove damaged cartilage or bone from the joint, which can reduce pain and improve function in individuals with arthritis.
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Arthroscopy can be used to release the tightened joint capsule to improve motion and reduce pain.
Instability: Arthroscopy can be used to repair torn ligaments or other tissue that is causing instability in the joint.
Labral tears: Arthroscopy can be used to repair or remove torn cartilage (labrum) in the shoulder joint.
Biceps tendonitis or tears: Arthroscopy can be used to treat inflammation or tears of the biceps tendon, which can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder
The timing of when to start physiotherapy after arthroscopic surgery can vary depending on several factors, such as your condition, your recovery and your surgeon’s advice. In general, most people start physiotherapy within a few days to a week after surgery. The physiotherapy will be started gradually at the beginning, starting with light exercises and stretches. After some time, you will progress to more advanced exercises as your condition improves.
It is important to follow the postoperative instructions provided by the surgical team, which may include specific guidelines on when to start physiotherapy. Your surgeon and physiotherapist will work together to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
The goal of physiotherapy after arthroscopic surgery is to help you regain strength, range of motion, and function in the affected joint as quickly and safely as possible. Physical therapy is also important to prevent the formation of scar tissue. Overall, physical therapy is a key part of recovery after surgery and your surgeon will advise you on the best course of treatment.
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