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REVERSE Shoulder Replacement: What it is and How PT and OT Helps

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Have you heard of a Reverse Shoulder Replacement? Do you know what it is and how it differs from a Total Shoulder Replacement? In this month's newsletter, we offer this 3-minute video to help you or someone you care about learn about this procedure and how physical therapy and occupational therapy helps patients heal after surgery.

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Has your surgeon recommended a Reverse Shoulder Replacement? Are you wondering what the rehabilitation will be so like?

If so, it is helpful to know that we’ve treated numerous patients who have had a Reverse Shoulder Replacement and with physical and occupational therapy they have had wonderful results.

If you or your loved one is facing the possibility of having a Reverse Shoulder Replacement here is a little insight we think will be helpful…

Why are Reverse Shoulder Replacements recommended?

Individuals with conditions such as: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Post-Traumatic Arthritis, Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy, Avascular Necrosis, and Severe Fractures are often great candidates for Reverse Shoulder Replacements versus Total Shoulder Replacements.

In a reverse shoulder replacement the ball and socket are switched. A plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone and a metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone. Because this approach changes what muscles are used to lift the arm, individuals with previously torn rotator cuffs, severe arm weakness, severe arthritis or a previous shoulder replacement have a much better chance of regaining their strength and mobility more quickly and effectively.

So how does physical therapy and occupational therapy help with Reverse Shoulder Replacement surgery?

Because this type of surgery is better biomechanically, it is possible to get better

functional results faster. Physical and occupational therapy assists you in: increasing your range of motion; decreasing swelling; reducing pain; and, assisting your body in muscle and soft tissue repair.

Our trained professionals use a combination of Manual Therapy and Therapeutic exercise. With education and an excellent home exercise program prepared specifically for you, you can regain your strength, restore your mobility and improve the quality of your life.

If you are considering having a Reverse Shoulder Replacement, we encourage you to reach out to us and let our experienced Care Team help you move through your rehabilitation with great results.

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