REVIEW ARTICLE: Postoperative Shoulder Rehabilitation:A Routine Or A Challenge? - DEV ANAND RAMANATHAN

Surgery is a skill, in fact, an art intending to correct or alter impairments, normalizing the anatomy to aid functional recovery.  It is a specialty where precision is the prime principle, aptly quoted by British surgeon Wilfred Trotter “It is sometimes asserted that a surgical operation is or should be a work of art…”  Shoulder arthroscopic surgeries have revolutionized post-surgical status, enabling early functioning. Radical changes in surgery have mandated modification in post-operative rehabilitation.  Post-operative shoulder rehabilitation (POSR) protocols identify time frames and guidelines to progress exercises, however, it is common to note concomitant impairments persisting in the post-operative shoulder that need to be specifically addressed.  The aim of this commentary is to address rational issues to guide the physical therapist gain ascendancy in the rehabilitation program.

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