Recommendations on rehabilitation after shoulder arthroplasty

Authors: Theodor Popa1, Dănuţ Georgel Perja1, Laszlo Irsay1,2



1Department of Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Clinical Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2“Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania



Shoulder arhtroplasty is the third most common joint replacement surgery after the knee and hip. There are three different types of surgery, total shoulder arthroplasty, reverse total shoulder arthroplasty and hemiarthroplasty, each being better suited for an array of affections. Following a rehabilitation program after surgery helps the patient regain confidence and return to his daily life activities. The program is structured in phases with goals that allow a better management of the recovery process. Exercise therapy begins with passive exercises that gradually progress with an improved range of motion towards active train­ing that gradually returns the patient to his former activities. Studies suggest that most patients used to practicing sports before surgery are able to gradually return to practicing them after surgery with some guidance from the specialist. This article aims to provide recommendations for shoulder rehabilitation after arthroplasty by reviewing and joining strategies and protocols used in recovery programs.


Key words: shoulder arthroplasty, replacement surgery, rehabilitation, exercise therapy.

Recommendations on rehabilitation after shoulder arthroplasty