Recovering from a shoulder injury: rotator cuff exercises

by Jsantos, June 12, 2014

Recovering from a shoulder injury: rotator cuff exercises

There are no criteria or standard when it comes to the amount of time it will viagra super active take for a shoulder surgery to heal.

The biological scaring process will take about three weeks to begin establishing healing bridges. However, after that time scar tissue is still weak and in high risk. That’s why after total immobilization, a partial immobilization period is recommendable. Small movements can be performed but the arm should remain as close to the shoulder as possible. The hand can be used to grab light objects and extend the elbow holding the shoulder in its initial position. Only pendular movements should be done.

After the sixth week, the best way to recover from your injury is constant therapy exercises. The scaring process is already finished and recovering functionality must be the main goal. As you get older this objective becomes harder. For older patients, recovering the mobility of the shoulder to perform basic activities like combing or simple use a spoon is the main priority.

Younger patients have less complications and normally, after several months of therapy and a lot of patience, recover total mobility.

Talking about the rehabilitation process, it is very important that both participants of the process, patient and physical therapist, to know the state of the injury. Orthopedic doctors are always concerned about the rehabilitation process and how physical therapists will handle post-surgery injuries. If proper care is not administered during the process, the whole intervention can fail.

After the sixth week, complementary house therapy can be done to complement the whole process. Some of the exercises are:

  1. Pendulum. Bend your hip to a 90 degree angle formed with your legs and leave your arm floating. Then start creating circles in the air and increase the radius as you do more. Switch the orientation after the first set of repetitions.
  2. Wall fingers. Put your finger in a wall in front of you and start moving them upwards until you reach your comfort level.
  3. Crossed hands. Put your hands together and cross your fingers. Let your good shoulder help you raise your hand until you reach your comfort level. Your goal here is to be able to put your hands over your head and bend your elbows behind your neck.
  4. Arm abduction. Put the palm of your hand to your side facing your leg. Start raising your arm to the side until you reach a horizontal position and then continue until you feel comfortable. The final goal is to be able to your arm all the way behind your neck.
  5. Scapula raise. This is a complement to exercise number 4. Repeat the same movement and once you get to the final position, bend your elbow and touch your scapula with your hand.



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