Shoulder surgery recovery is a lengthy process that can vary whether you have arthroscopic or open surgery. Either way, patients are looking at several weeks of recovery time to heal fully and shoulder surgery therapy will probably be in their future. Shoulder surgery can often be the first step to getting full mobility in your shoulder back; however, following the doctors order for at-home care is vital to making a full, 100 percent recovery.
At Home Post-Surgery Shoulder Care
At home recovery for shoulder surgery usually involves ice-compression to reduce swelling and pain, prescription pain relief medication, and incision care.
Ice-compression should be done in a rotation of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. The ice pack should be wrapped in a cloth so that the cold is not painful against your skin.
Strong, prescription pain relievers will usually only be for a few days to a week post-surgery and then your doctor will want you to wean down to over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
Your doctor will give you instructions for incision care and how to take care of the wound until your stiches are removed. Most of the time, the doctor will take stitches out after a week or so following the operation. You will also be taught how to dress the surgical site. Once your shoulder and incision are healed, your doctor may recommend you start shoulder surgery therapy.
Shoulder surgery therapy will help you regain full range of motion in your shoulder and strengthen the shoulder muscles so that you can fully use your arm once again. Some of the exercises you will learn in shoulder surgery therapy include assisted shoulder elevation, rotator cuff strengthening, reaching exercises, internal rotation, and adduction.
Rehabilitation after shoulder surgery will be hard, but every patient can easily get through the process by trusting their doctor and following through with at-home care recommendations.
If you are looking for a place to complete your shoulder therapy, call Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine at 843-868-3311.