OverviewAlso known as rehabilitative therapy, physical therapy aims to strengthen, mobilize, and heal the shoulder through a series of exercises and stretching.
Physical or rehabilitative therapist, athletic trainer
Every physical therapy (PT) regimen varies, and is custom-tailored to meet the needs and abilities of the individual patient. The therapy prescribed for a 20-year-old world-class pitcher with a labral tear will differ from the exercises recommended to a 60-year-old joint replacement patient. Generally, the physical therapist guides the patient back to recovery with a series of stretching exercises, weightlifting, balance and coordination training, and any other method he or she sees fit. Likewise, the goals of physical therapy differ, ranging from getting the patient to move his or her arm to achieving his or her pre-surgery athleticism. Recovery:
Recovery rates vary drastically depending upon the age and condition of the patient, as well as the type and severity of injury. The patient must not rush it, and recognize that recovery will take time. Remember that plenty of rest and patience will guide you to a successful recovery. Exceeding the amount of stretching or weightlifting the therapist recommends may actually re-injure the joint.
Let your therapist know if:
You are on any medication, you are sore, or you are feeling any pain. Good communication and trust between patient and therapist make for a successful recovery.
Last updated: 01-Jan-00