How to slip into a sling
Slings are simple but essential for good recovery and care following reconstructive shoulder surgery. How long you have to wear a sling will range anywhere from a few days up to several weeks and will depend on the type of procedure. Watch this short yet informative video to see how to fit a sling correctly and comfortably.
Thank you to Extend Therapy and to Nadia, Physiotherapist for creation of this educational clip.
Therapy from day one
If you undergo shoulder surgery with Dr Cutbush, you’ll be seen by a physiotherapist in the hospital ward on day one following your procedure. You’ll be given an exercise programme appropriate for your procedure, instructed on the best ways to shower and dress after surgery, and shown how to fit a sling properly.
Healing the Rotator Cuff
After surgery to a rotator cuff tear, healing requires tendon and bone to work together, starting with a small layer of clot-forming between them. Specialised cells, called fibroblasts, migrate from the bloodstream into the clot to lay down collagen tissue in the form of fibres, primarily in the first 4-6 weeks following the surgical procedure.
This remodelling process continues to occur for a least 6-12 months following the procedure, with the majority completed in 4-6 months. Strength continues to improve in the connection between the tendon and the bone for at least the first 12 months postoperatively as the remodelling process fine-tunes itself.
Are you having trouble remembering how to do your physio exercises? Here are some videos explaining some of the common shoulder exercises your physio will ask you to do.
You will need to refer to your exercise programme that your physiotherapist gave you. Many of these exercises are not suitable to begin straight after your shoulder surgery and you could risk your reconstruction if you start advanced exercises too soon after surgery. If you are not certain of your exercise programme please refer back to your physiotherapist. They are highly qualified professionals having spent many years at university learning how best to look after you!
A big thank you to our stars Lucy and Mary, physiotherapists from Extend therapy!