Developing Closer Familial Relationships

After I got divorced, I was really worried about getting back into the dating game. My kids were still young, and I was concerned about offending them or making them feel like I didn't care. Fortunately, after I found the right person, my kids responded alright to the situation. The same couldn't be said for my new stepkids, however. They really struggled with the concept of a blended family, which is why I started working with a family counselor to help us to improve our familial relationship. The advice that our counselor gave us was helpful, welcomed, and integrated into our day-to-day routine. It made a huge difference. Read this blog to find out more about improving relationships and family.

What To Expect When Recovering From Shoulder Repair

Health & Medical Blog

It was too late when you realized that the object you took off of the upper shelf in your garage was too heavy for you to lift. You already felt a pulling in your shoulder followed by pain and weakness. You tore the rotator cuff, a large band of ligaments that support your shoulder joint. Your orthopedic surgeon has recommended arthroscopic surgery to repair your shoulder. Then you'll begin your long recovery at home. Here is what you can expect when recovering from your shoulder surgery.

The First Days at Home

You'll be sent home from the hospital or doctor's office with your arm in a special sling. The sling keeps your arm close to your body. This keeps your shoulder in a neutral position, which is good for healing. You'll keep the sling on all of the time, removing it only for bathing.

Before you leave the hospital or clinic, a physical therapist will show you exercises to do with the elbow, wrist and hand of the affected arm. This will help keep the muscle tone in those areas while you wear the sling.

A few days after the surgery, you'll have a follow up appointment with your doctor. When they are satisfied with the healing progress of your shoulder, you'll begin physical therapy.

Range of Motion Exercises

The first phase of physical therapy (PT) will be to regain the normal movement of your shoulder through all of its directions. The muscles in your shoulder will be tight from disuse and they must be slowly stretched out to their normal length. The therapist will begin by doing passive exercises on your shoulder. They will remove your arm from the sling and move your shoulder slowly through its motions. They know how far to move your arm and will measure the progression of movement each day. They will also show you how to move your arm and shoulder with your other arm to get some exercising in between PT sessions.

Your shoulder is still healing at this time, so care is needed. Ligaments have less blood flow going through them than other tissues in the body, so healing takes longer. Your rotator cuff is vulnerable to being re-injured if you overwork your shoulder. The physical therapist will show you how to set a pace that makes progress, but doesn't put undue stress on your shoulder.

Strength Training

Once your shoulder has nearly reached its normal range of motion, you'll spend more time out of the sling and will be able to begin using your arm more for daily activities. You'll also begin strength training. The physical therapist will have you work on resistance machines and show you exercises to strengthen the shoulder and arm muscles. This is not only important for the use of your shoulder, but the muscles protect your shoulder joint from injury.

Strength training will take several weeks to achieve normal function of your shoulder. If you are active in sports or other physical activities, your doctor will have you spend some additional time getting those muscles stronger. For more information, talk to a physical therapist like Dynamic Rehabilitation Services.


15 March 2016