This protocol is intended to be a general outline only. The physician reserves the right to either advance or delay this protocol as deemed necessary. If so, this should be done by direct communication with the therapist, or in writing on the therapy referral form given to the patient on the day of surgery.

0-2 Weeks Post-Op: General Guidelines
Precautions: No external rotation beyond 0°, no active biceps recruitment
Goals: Decrease pain, allow minimal passive motion, protect repair

  • Patient should wear immobilizer sling with abduction wedge for first 4-6 weeks, or as directed by physician. Includes all ADL’s and sleeping (remove for bathing).
  • Starting on the day of surgery, patient will perform the following exercises as instructed by physician: pendulum exercises, scapular retraction, scapular depression, elbow curls without weight, and grip/wrist strengthening
  • NO active glenohumeral movement
  • One week after surgery, patient may begin light aerobic exercise (bike, walk) while wearing sling for cardiovascular fitness
  • Ice for several times/day for pain and inflammation control


Week 2-4: Patient seen 2-3x/week
Goals by end of Week 4: PROM scaption to 130° supine, ER to 45° supine w/ arm at 30° abduction, IR to 60°
Precautions: No ER beyond 45° supine

  • Continue use of abduction sling per physician
  • Supine PROM for flexion, scaption, ER, and IR to torso
  • Supine AAROM cane exercises for scaption, flexion, and ER to 45°
  • Lawnmowers, Robbery, and table lift exercises
  • Elbow curls without weight
  • At Week 2, begin submaximal (30% effort)