Shoulder Surgery - Christopher

Objective

Rehabilitation following shoulder surgery (Weaver-Dunn Procedure)

Background

A horse riding accident left Christopher with a dislocated acromioclavicular joint, which required reconstructive shoulder surgery. Following his operation, he was told to rest for six weeks and full recovery would take anywhere between 12 and 16 weeks. With the need to return to work sooner, Christopher took a proactive approach towards his rehabilitation.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 2.5 to 7.0kph
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards and backwards
  • Number of Sessions: 8

Outcomes

Ten days after his operation, Christopher came to H2O Physio for treatment. The first two sessions focused on reducing swelling, inflammation and pain with cold and compression therapy.

Moving to the underwater treadmill, Christopher started walking at a slow pace with the water-level high, which increased the buoyancy and fully supported his shoulder. The walking motion gently exercised his shoulder and allowed only moderate movement.

After three sessions, Christopher could remove his sling and after his seventh session he reported that he felt 80% better. He was fully recovered after just eight sessions.