ARTHROSCOPIC SUBACROMIAL DECOMPRESSION
(With or without distal clavicle resection)
Stage I (0-4 weeks)
4-5 visits in 4 weeks
Patient can wear sling 1-2 days.
progress as tolerated to:
- 2 oz (butter knife)
- 4 oz (tuna can)
- 8 oz (soup can)
- 1# weight
- 2# weight, etc.
2. Repetitions – 25 reps before adding/progressing weights.
C. Scapular stabilization exercises #1-7.
D. Ice following exercises
*GOAL: Full AROM at 4 weeks with no pain. No inflammation.
Stage II (5+ weeks)
2-3 visits over 2 months
*GOAL: Return to sports or work at 1-3 months post-op without restrictions.
Return to work per M.D. with restrictions.
7 days/week for stretching/ice – 4 days/week for strengthening
This protocol provides you with general guidelines for the rehabilitation of the Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression patient. Specific changes in the program will be made by the physician as appropriate for an individual patient. If you have any questions regarding the progress of the patient, the physician should be contacted.