Rehabilitation & Recovery

General information

  • The physiotherapist will discuss a specific rehabilitation plan with you.
  • If the physiotherapist is concerned about the progress or wound he/she will contact our Office immediately.
  • Use ice for pain management.
  • Be as still as possible to give your body time to recover and heal completely.
  • The following healthcare professionals may be involved with the rehabilitation, namely physiotherapists, orthotists and biokinethetist.
  • The recovery from simple procedures is usually fast. You may need to use some form of aid for a while after certain types of surgery, for example crutches. The recovery time for more complex procedure is longer.

 If you notice any of the following symptoms contact the Office immediately:

  • Swelling that keeps increasing
  • Redness and warmth around the wound
  • Increasing pain
  • Loss of sensation in limbs or needles and pins
  • Lightheaded or nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the lower leg and calf
  • Severe bleeding or puss coming from the wound

Rehabilitation for the shoulder

Instability surgery

We advise our patients to consider pre-operative rehabilitation which can be discussed with your physiotherapist. The physiotherapy rehabilitation protocol will vary according to the type of stabilisation surgery that was performed.

 Replacement surgery

  • Dr Jonker together with the physiotherapist will determine your rehabilitation program. It often begins as early as the day of your surgery.
  • Your rehabilitation program will involve a series of physiotherapy exercises that begin in the hospital and continue at home over the next few months.
  • To increase your comfort during exercise, you may want to talk with your nurse or therapist about taking pain medication 30 to 45 minutes prior to your physiotherapy sessions.
  • Your physical therapy program will include “passive” and “active” exercises for your affected arm. During the “passive” exercises you relax and the therapist carries the weight of the arm through various movements. The physiotherapist will teach you “active” exercises (those you can do by yourself) for your elbow, wrist and hand. You will be monitored and Dr Jonker will be kept informed on your progress.