Your surgeon has done a fine job of replacing the damaged parts of your shoulder joint. However, this does not always guarantee that you’ll be able to use your shoulder for normal activities afterward. A structured post-surgery rehab is required to bring full strength and mobility to your shoulder, and our physical therapists are happy to help you with that in the shortest time possible. Request an appointment with us right away to learn how you can recover quickly from your shoulder surgery.
What is Shoulder Replacement?
Shoulder replacement is a surgery performed to treat severe shoulder fractures and painful conditions resulting from different forms of arthritis. The damaged parts of the shoulder are replaced with artificial parts. The surgery is usually done to relieve the patient from pain, and increase mobility. Shoulder joint replacement is not as common compared to knee and hip replacement. However, 53,000 people have replacement surgery in the US every year.
Know Your Shoulder
Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. Your upper arm bone called the humerus has a ball at its tip, which fits into a shallow spot in your shoulder blade (the socket or glenoid). Ligaments, muscles, or tendons surround your shoulder to provide it with support and stability. Another layer of tissue called cartilage prevents the bones in your shoulder from rubbing against each other. The shoulder has three bones. Your upper arm bone, the collar bone, and the shoulder blade. A thin tissue called the synovial membrane covers all the remaining surfaces inside the shoulder joint.
Causes of Shoulder Replacement
Conditions that would require a shoulder replacement include:
Is Shoulder Replacement Right for You?
The decision for your shoulder replacement should be made by you and your surgeon. However, people that have had the most benefit from surgery are those who have
Persons that are not good candidates for shoulder replacement are:
What Shoulder Replacement Options Should I Expect?
There are three types of shoulder replacement surgeries. Your surgeon will determine which of them you will require.
Recovery for Shoulder Replacement
After surgery, you’ll be given drugs to help with the pain, because you’re certain to feel some pain thereafter. Rehabilitation starts almost immediately after surgery, as your healthcare staff wants to get you moving as soon as possible. However, a well-structured post-operative rehabilitation program is needed to strengthen your shoulders and improve flexibility. At Polygon PT, we offer physical therapy and rehab for patients after shoulder surgery. With good rehab and care, your arm should be out of the sling in 2-4 weeks. In another 4-8 weeks you should be able to use the shoulder for non-stressful activities. It will usually take 6 months to 1 year for complete recovery.
Complications for shoulder surgery are less than 5%. Some include:
Your shoulder replacement is estimated to last for about 15-20 years after surgery.
Physical Therapy and Rehab for Shoulder Replacement
For quick and complete healing to your shoulder, you need a well-structured rehabilitation program. Polygon PT offers just that. Request an appointment with a physical therapist today.