Total Shoulder Replacement
If you have received a total shoulder replacement, physical therapy can benefit you. Our Alexandria clinic provides shoulder replacement physical therapy rehabilitation to those whose mobility is limited due to the replacement procedure, or even those who experience impairing shoulder pain without having gone through replacement surgery yet. If your shoulder is a constant source of pain, The Physical Therapy Zone can help provide you with some relief.
Common causes of total shoulder replacement:
Total shoulder replacement surgery is typically recommended for those who:
- Have severe shoulder damage. This is typically due to arthritic debilitation, either from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Experienced a severe trauma to the shoulder(s). Some injuries can only be addressed through surgical treatment, depending on how critical the damage was.
- Live with chronic shooting pains. If your pain is constantly affecting your daily life and no other treatments have seemed to help, your doctor may suggest surgery.
If you believe you may be in need of total shoulder replacement surgery, it is important to discuss that with your primary physician first.
If you have already received total shoulder replacement surgery, it is likely that your primary physician will refer you to Alexandria physical therapist for part of your recovery treatment.
How will physical therapy help me?
Physical therapy will be important in the rehabilitation process for your total shoulder replacement. Our physical therapist will provide a treatment plan for you that will assist in restoring your range of motion, flexibility, strength, endurance, and overall mobility.
Physical therapy treatments can also benefit you both before AND after your procedure, in order to make sure that your recovery process is as smooth as possible.
What should I expect?
Your initial appointment will consist of a physical evaluation to determine what course of treatment will be best for your needs.
Our physical therapist will create a specialized treatment plan based on your evaluation, aimed at rehabilitation and bringing you back to your optimum physical health.
At first, your treatment plan will consist of passive physical therapy, which is primarily focused on pain relief and recovery. This may include manual therapy, gentle therapeutic exercises, or any other combination of treatment services that your physical therapist deems for your treatment plan. After your passive therapy, you will continue into active physical therapy treatments. These will include strengthening exercises that you will do with the aid of your Alexandria physical therapist, in addition to at-home treatments that you will do on your own at home. These will all help in making your recovery as quick and comfortable as possible, all while improving your normal function!
If you believe you could benefit from our total shoulder replacement rehabilitation services, Contact Us Today at Alexandria, VA Center. We will get you back to living your best life, free from pain and limitations!