The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body. From completing a simple task such as reaching the top of a shelf to performing a strenuous shoulder exercise, the shoulder plays an important and critical role in everyday life. All of this means any injury to the joint can be highly disruptive. While in many cases, conservative treatment options can help patients to recover quickly, in some cases shoulder surgery is the most appropriate treatment option. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line offer surgical treatment options for a variety of orthopedic conditions and this includes shoulder injuries. As recovery from surgery can be overwhelming at first, in this post, we list the ways you can help aid in your own recovery. Come, let’s take a look.
Ways to Speed Up the Recovery Process after Shoulder Surgery
In addition to following your doctor’s orders after should surgery here are some things you can do that may help speed up your recovery.
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Cold and Compression Therapy
It’s normal for shoulder surgery patients to experience inflammation after surgery. If you or someone you know is facing the same issue, you may want to try to use a combination of active compression and cold therapy that can help control the inflammation and speed up the healing. Besides this, cold and compression therapy can also help remove edema and reduce pain.
Your doctor may prescribe you pain medication to take after your surgery. It’s important that you follow the dosage instructions. Medication can help keep you comfortable which in turn will help your body heal more quickly.
After surgery your surgeon may provide you with a personalized rehabilitation program for you to do at home or may recommend a physical therapy program, in Plano, TX, supervised by a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapy programs can help you regain strength and motion in your shoulder. Proper rehabilitation and therapy can help rebuild strength and restore motion to the shoulder.
Your surgeon will most likely recommend that you keep your arm in a sling for a period of time post-surgery. This will help protect your shoulder while it heals. It’s important to follow the directions given to you by your orthopedic shoulder surgeon.
If you recently underwent a shoulder surgery or are experiencing pain in the shoulder, talk to a shoulder surgeon about what’s going on to determine your treatment options. At Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line we can connect you with fellowship trained orthopedic shoulder surgeons and hospitals in Plano and nearby areas. To get in touch with us call 888 608 4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.