What to do after a Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery – Home Exercise Program (0 to 6 weeks post-op)

A home exercise program, or HEP, is a list of exercises your therapist will assign for you to do on your own at home. Think of your healing process as an interstate, and you’re driving a car from point A (the day of your initial evaluation) to point B (fully healed).

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Replacements

Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery – in clinic modalities (0 to 6 weeks post-op)

After shoulder replacement surgery, it is very important to let your shoulder heal in the first six weeks. Most protocols call for passive motion only, meaning your shoulder muscles are not supposed to be used to move your arm.

Total Shoulder Replacement


Total shoulder replacement (TSR) is an option for persons who have severe arthritis of the shoulder joint. Severe shoulder arthritis is often painful, and can cause restriction of shoulder motion and reduces the ability to perform normal activities of daily living.  Arthritis causes the normal smooth cartilage lining of the joint to erode and the protective layer between the bones is removed.  

CVA or Stroke At-Home Therapy

Your Home Exercise Program (HEP) post-CVA or Stroke will largely depend on a number of circumstances, such as time since CVA, what kind of CVA, and location of CVA. What you are able to do will dictate what you work on at home. Your HEP is an extension of your work in the clinic and is your way of taking responsibility for the journey to recovery. 

Cerebrovascular Accident AKA Stroke

This week at Elite Physical Therapy and Balance, we are examining cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), otherwise commonly known as strokes.  A stroke is the sudden lack of oxygen to the brain caused by a blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain.  Arteries supply blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. There are three ways an artery can be damaged resulting in a CVA.

Total Knee Replacement In-Clinic Therapy

On your first day of therapy, you will meet with a Physical Therapist to evaluate your post-surgical knee. This will include assessment of your surgical incision, any bandage changes per your doctor, assessment of swelling, and range of motion measurements. Following your evaluation, you will complete some exercises to start getting your knee moving and work on gentle strengthening.

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement, also known as total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is a common surgical procedure. It consists of cutting away parts of damaged bone on your thigh bone, shin bone, and knee cap and replacing them with artificial parts. Your doctor will determine if you are a candidate based on a variety of different assessments such as your range of motion,

Multiple Sclerosis At-Home Therapy

After your initial Physical Therapy treatment, for multiple sclerosis, you will be given a home exercise program to continue on days you don’t attend PT and after discharge. Depending on Physicians orders, you will attend therapy 2-3 times a week for several weeks. It is important to keep up with exercises and stretches as tolerated on days you don’t attend therapy.