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.
General Post-Operative Guidelines
- For small tears of the rotator cuff, physical therapy should begin between 2 weeks post-op.
- Patient will perform the following exercises as instructed by physician, starting on day of surgery: pendulum exercises, shoulder shrugs, elbow flexion/extension, and grip strengthening. Patient may also be allowed to begin activity such as stationery bike for cardiovascular fitness.