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Rehab Protocols

Arthroscopic Posterior Shoulder Stabilization

Phase I (Weeks 0-6)

  • Sling immobilization at all times (in flexion, abduction and 0° of rotation) except for showering and rehab under guidance of PT
  • Range of Motion – None for Weeks 0-3
    • Weeks 3-6: Begin passive ROM – Restrict motion to 90° of Forward Flexion, 90° of Abduction, and 45° of Internal Rotation
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Elbow/Wrist/Hand Range of Motion
    • Grip Strengthening
    • Starting Week 3: Begin passive ROM activities: Codman’s, Anterior Capsule Mobilization
  • Heat/Ice before and after PT sessions 

Phase II (Weeks 6-12)

  • Sling immobilization for comfort only
  • Range of Motion – Begin AAROM/AROM
    • Goals: 135° of Forward Flexion, 120° of Abduction, Full External Rotation
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Continue with Phase I exercises
    • Begin active-assisted exercises – Deltoid/Rotator Cuff Isometrics
    • Starting Week 8:  Begin resistive exercises for Rotator Cuff/Scapular Stabilizers/Biceps and Triceps (keep all strengthening exercises below the horizontal plane during this phase – utilize exercise arcs that protect the posterior capsule from stress)
  • Modalities per PT discretion

 Phase III (Weeks 12-16)

  • Range of Motion – Progress to full AROM without discomfort
  • Therapeutic Exercise – Advance Phase II exercises
    • Emphasize Glenohumeral Stabilization, External Rotation and Latissimus eccentrics
    • Begin UE ergometer/endurance activities
  • Modalities per PT discretion

Phase IV (Months 4-6)

  • Range of Motion – Full without discomfort
  • Therapeutic Exercise – Continue with strengthening
    • Sport/Work specific rehabilitation – Plyometric and Throwing/Racquet Program
    • Continue with endurance activities
    • Return to sports at 6 months if approved
    • Modalities per PT discretion

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