Caring for yourself after shoulder replacement surgery is important for helping you to heal quickly and properly. Following your doctor’s instructions and taking the necessary precautions will ensure that you recover from your surgery as quickly and safely as possible.
First and foremost, it’s important to rest after surgery. You should avoid any lifting or strenuous activities, as these can place too much strain on your shoulder and slow the healing process. Get plenty of sleep to help your body heal and allow yourself time to relax.
Managing pain after surgery is also important. For most shoulder surgeries, we offer a nerve block that effectively “turns off” your pain for up to 72 hours. This also reduces the pain you may feel once the nerve block has worn off. To learn our top management options for pain after your shoulder surgery click here. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication if needed. Be sure to take your medication as prescribed and follow your doctor’s instructions on how to manage your pain.
You should also follow your prescribed physical therapy plan to help strengthen your shoulder and regain your range of motion. Follow your therapist’s instructions carefully and always listen to your body. Stop when you’re in pain, and be sure to take breaks between exercises and ask your physical therapist or physician questions if you are uncertain of an exercise or activity.
Finally, it’s important to take care of your mental health. You may feel disappointed or frustrated by your recovery. It’s important to talk to a professional if you’re feeling overwhelmed or need help managing your emotions.
By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to care for yourself properly after shoulder replacement surgery. With patience and dedication, you’ll be able to recover quickly and get back to your life.
Shoulder Replacement Surgeons in Knoxville, and Athens, TN
With its board-certified surgeon, on-site physical therapy team, and Orthopedic Urgent Care that is available without an appointment, The Shoulder Institute at ORTHOKnox has got you covered when it comes to shoulder surgery and recovery. We have orthopedic clinics in Knoxville, TN, and Athens, TN. For more information about how ORTHOKnox can treat you, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!