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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can someone suggest exercises that would be useful after Shoulder surgery?

    Had rotator cuff surgery 5 months ago and need follow up exercises.
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    Dr Kalman Piper

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Piper is an Australian trained orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in advanced shoulder arthroscopic and open surgery and trauma surgery. He has completed … View Profile

    Hi Susan,

    Exercsies following a rototor cuff repair depend on the size of the tear, the tendons involved and the repair technique. The exercises are also graduated and change over time, so they should be coordinated by an experienced physiotherapist. 

    I would recommend contacting the surgeon that performed your surgery to get advice on the exercsies you can perform.



    Kalman Piper.

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    Michael Pasqualin

    Exercise Scientist, Physiotherapist

    Michael Pasqualin has been a qualified Physiotherapist since 2011, completing his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney with an undergraduate degree in Exercise … View Profile

    Dr Piper is correct, it is very important to follow up with the surgeon as they will more than likely have their own post-operative protocol they like you to follow.

    You will want to ensure that you either see a Physiotherapist or experienced Exercise Physiologist who has experience with shoulder girdle injury and surgery. It is important they focus on the whole girdle which includes the shoulder blade as well as the shoulder joint (Glenohumeral Joint) and arm. It is essential the shoulder blade is  stabilised to allow the correct the movement of the arm by muscles which attach to the shoulder blade.

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    Skye Fitzpatrick


    Experienced Physiotherapist with special interest in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery (at home following discharge). Treatments are focused on increasing strength, mobility and function. … View Profile

    Hi Susan,

    Unfortunately it would not be safe to suggest excercises here, as Dr Piper and Michael have both indicated.  To get the best outcome from your surgery you must be supervised while learning the correct exercises. Otherwise you may damage the delicate tissue adjacent to your operation site.  Good luck with finding a Physiotherapist who can liase with your surgeon to ensure a good result. 

  • OsteopathyMyofascial ReleaseAcupuncture Voice Dialogue facilitator View Profile

    I have found over the years that Iyengar yoga can provide the strrength and balance and alignment to help the shoulder/ neck and core.

    The body requires length, to take ease off the tissues that make up the support mechanism of the body.

    Iyengar yoga uses many props and diverse techniques to allow the body to function optimally.

  • Anonymous

    These really are a range of empty platitudes and assumptions: balance, alignment, core, mechanism, optimal. TheSE perpetuate a rather low dimensional structuralist conception of the body that belongs to 20C osteopathy.

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