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Movement is life. The main aim of any intervention is to give you back functional range of pain free movements in your shoulder. Achieving movements should be balanced against the need for protecting any surgical repair that may have been done. Therefore in the initial stages after surgery the focus is on protection of the repair with some movement and later it will be on regaining strength and ranges of movements.
Make sure that you understand the exercises that you are required to do. Everyone is different and the plan given is to be considered only as a guide. Let your shoulder guide you. Do not push your shoulder beyond the comfort zone initially. Clear any doubts you may have with your physiotherapist or your surgeon. However, do not keep away from exercises, for stiffness will become a problem. There will be some modifications of the common theme given here based on individual circumstances.
In my rehabilitation short form mnemonics of 1 - 2 - Go or 2 - 2 - Go etc will be used. The numbers represent the weeks you spend in Phase 1 exercises and the safe range within those week is summarised below. The range will be increased at the mile-stone week as per the table below. When you reach Go stage, you are expected move on to Phase 2 exercises and still continuing with Phase 1 exercises. The most important message is that the safe range of movement is just an indication and it is not mandatory to reach that range during that time period. Sometimes, I may over-ride the ROM and give specific ranges as per circumstances.