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Shoulder Surgery

At Liverpool Physio we are able to offer you specialist and individualised treatment to ensure your complete recovery following shoulder surgery.

The shoulder is a complex joint and whilst the causes of shoulder pain may be treated conservatively with physiotherapy it may be the case that surgery is required to further improve the function of your shoulder and make normal activities of daily living easier.

A physiotherapy rehabilitation programme following shoulder surgery is extremely important to reduce pain, increase shoulder function and maximise the success of your surgery.

Aims of shoulder surgery

The aims of shoulder surgery are dependent upon a number of factors such as your age, physical fitness, personal goals and the specific causes of your shoulder problems.

Generally speaking, shoulder surgery can be recommended to:
  • Decrease pain
  • Increase function
  • Reduce instability of the shoulder
  • Increase shoulder range of movement
  • Repair injuries following trauma
Liverpool Physio are experts at ensuring that these aims are met by helping you to maximise the success of your surgery. We are proficient at providing individualised rehabilitation programmes for all types of shoulder surgery which include:
  • Acromial-clavicular excision
  • Acromial-clavicular joint stabilisation
  • Arthroscopy
  • Repair of the biceps tendon
  • Capsular surgery
  • Fractured clavicle or humerus fixation
  • Frozen shoulder surgery
  • Hemiarthroplasty
  • Mobilisation under anaesthetic (MUA)
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder replacement
  • SLAP repair
  • Steroidal injection
  • Sub-acromial decompression
We understand that you want to return to your normal function as quickly as possible.

Therapist providing mobalisations to the shoulder in order to regain range of movement following surgeryAbove: Therapist providing mobalisations to the shoulder in order to regain range of movement following surgery.

How can physiotherapy help following shoulder surgery?

Physiotherapy can help following your shoulder surgery in a number of ways. These include:
  • Reduction of pain and swelling
  • Restoration and maintenance of joint range of movement
  • Increase of muscle strength
  • Promotion of independence and increased quality of life
  • Prompt return to activities and sports
The physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio are specialists in rehabilitation following shoulder surgery and are able to provide you with an individualised and graduated rehabilitation programme to relieve pain, increase shoulder range of movement and increase muscle strength.

We understand that following surgery you may be unsure of exactly what activities are safe to carry out which can lead to you avoiding using your shoulder. It is especially important to participate in a graduated treatment programme in order to both promote your swift return to activities but also to give you your confidence back following injury.

What does physiotherapy treatment involve following shoulder surgery?

Specific physiotherapy treatment choices will be made dependent upon the surgery you?ve had and your own personal goals in order to maximise your recovery and promote a safe return to sports and activities. We also ensure that any treatment protocols for your specific surgical intervention are met by keeping up to date with relevant research and advice.

The following treatments may be included in a rehabilitation programme:
  • Manipulation
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Electrotherapy such as ultrasound to increase healing
  • Ice and heat therapy to reduce pain and swelling
  • Advice and instruction regarding assistive devices
  • Taping for extra support and to increase muscle proprioception
  • Home exercise programme
A combination of these therapies will be selected based around any relevant protocols, your physical requirements and personal long and short term goals in order to treat you holistically.

Following a surgical procedure, strengthening exerccises are reccomended to keep the joint stableAbove: Following a surgical procedure, strengthening exerccises are reccomended to keep the joint stable.


Shoulder surgery can be carried out for a variety of reasons but in order to maintain and increase shoulder function a specialised and graduated rehabilitation programme is essential to promote an effective recovery and prompt return to the activities you enjoy.

Liverpool Physio are experts at providing the treatment you require to reach your goals following shoulder surgery.

If you would like to arrange an assessment please contact us at or call the team on 0151 558 0077.

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