Rehab Shoulder Proximal Humerus ORIF
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Rehab Shoulder Proximal Humerus ORIF

ORIF Proximal Humerus Rehabilitation Program Instructions:

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than a cup of coffee for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
  • It is best to space the exercise sessions out throughout the day, every 2-3 hours, to keep the flexibility during this important time of healing.
  • Do not use the operated arm to push oneself out of bed or out of a chair.
  • If you have problems with the unoperated shoulder too, exercise #3 may be substituted for exercise #1.
  • You only need to wear your sling during the first two weeks when in public to remind others you have had surgery.
  • Keep the incision dry for 7 days; cover it with saran wrap in the shower for the first week if necessary. Do not submerge in a bathtub for one month.

Shoulder Flexion

  • Lie on your back as shown, clasping your hands together.
  • Raise both hands over head so that you feel a stretch. Your operated arm should be totally relaxed.
  • Hold 10-30 seconds.
  • 3-5 repetitions, 5 times per day.

Goal: 40 degrees of motion outwards.

Shoulder Flexion with a Pulley

  • Sit in a chair with pulley assembled as shown.
  • Raise the operated arm overhead pulling down on the pulley with the other hand for assistance so that you feel a stretch.
  • Hold 10-30 seconds.
  • 3-5 repetitions 5 times per day.