Reverse Shoulder Replacement Rehab Protocol
We have provided the following protocol for reverse shoulder replacement rehab. Though the recovery times noted below are generally applicable, please note that reverse shoulder replacement surgery recovery time may vary among individuals. Most patients will work with a physical therapist twice per week for the 12 weeks following surgery. Your physical therapist will instruct you on how to perform the exercises outlined in this reverse shoulder replacement rehab protocol.
Beginning the Day After Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Patient should progress towards active and passive range of motion (AAROM and PROM) as follows:
- Full forward elevation
- 30 degrees of external rotation (ER)
- Internal rotation to the same side buttock
Patient should work on strengthening the shoulder with focus on:
- Lower trapezius
Patient may use the affected arm for activities of daily living (ADLs) from “waist to face” and may lift up to ~1-2 lbs initially.
Discontinue sling after 24 hours.
1-2 Weeks After Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery
At 6 Weeks After Surgery
At 12 Weeks After Surgery
Discontinue formal PT
Home exercise program