Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon

Patient Information

A sling must be worn for 4 weeks after the surgery, including the waist band.

The sling is to be worn 24 hours per day, except when you are doing your exercises 3 – 4 times per day, and in the shower (keep arm hanging by the side). Perform the following exercises 3 – 4 times per day:

  • Bend forward at the waist and let your arm hang directly towards the ground.
  • Use your body to initiate gentle swaying motion of the arm, not your shoulder muscles.
  • Gently move the arm forwards and backwards, side-to-side, and in small circles in a
    clockwise and then anticlockwise direction, repeating each movement 10 times.
  • With your upper arm relaxed by your side, hold your wrist with your opposite hand.
  • Taking the weight of your arm in the opposite hand, and without contracting the biceps
    muscle, straighten the elbow until the arm is handing by the side.
  • Use the opposite hand to lift the wrist and bend the elbow to 90 degrees again.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • With your upper arm relaxed by your side, support your wrist with your opposite hand.
  • Gently bend the wrist up and down and side to side, Turn the Palm towards the ceiling and
    towards the floor, and make a fist and relax the hand.
  • Repeat each exercise 10 times.
  • Relax your arm by your side.
  • Puff your chest out and squeeze the shoulder blades together 10 times.
  • Shrug the shoulders 10 times.

At the end of the routine, put your arm back in the sling.
All exercises should be done within the limits of comfort. Do not cause pain.

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