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Recovering From Shoulder Surgery Phase One

Immediately after a shoulder operation, there are certain movements which you can perform which will not cause any damage to the surgical repair.

It is very unusual for us to recommend complete immobilization after surgery. It is best for the human body to remain in motion. Even after an injury or surgery, there are certain movements that can and should be done to maintain the health of the muscles, joints, and tendons.

Immediately before and after your shoulder surgery, we will talk to you about the types of movements that can be performed without causing a problem. It is very important that as soon as comfort allows, you begin to move your shoulder. This will maintain the flexibility, help relieve stiffness and swelling, and improve the circulation which will flush away the chemicals that the body produces which result in a person experiencing pain.

Therefore, we will be asking you to "work through the pain." We will instruct you each step of the way either by our staff or by having you be supervised by a physical therapist who will teach you how much you can move your shoulder and when to increase your activity.

All of these things are a natural part of the healing process and have been scientifically investigated. Our program to restore your shoulder to health is a proven and effective way to get you back to normal activity at work, at home, and at play.