The Shoulder

Post-Surgery Tips

After undergoing shoulder surgery, you’ll need to take extra care to pamper your shoulder as it heals. Along with physical therapy, there are several tips that should help with your recovery, including:

  • Do not use the injured arm to push yourself up in bed or from a chair,because this requires forceful contraction of muscles.
  • Be sure to follow the program of home exercises prescribed for you. You may need to do the exercises 4 to 5 times a day for a month or more.
  • Be careful not to overdo it! If your shoulder pain was severe before the surgery, the experience of pain-free motion may lull you into thinking that you can do more than approved by your provider or physical therapist. Overuse of your shoulder early in your recovery can result in severe limitations in motion.
After surgery, for the period prescribed by your provider:
  • Do not lift anything heavier than a glass of water.
  • Do not participate in contact sports or do any repetitive heavy lifting.
  • Do not place your arm in any extreme position, such as straight out to the side or behind your body.
  • Feel free to ask for help. Your provider may be able to recommend an agency or facility if you do not have support at home.