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0-4 Weeks

Immobilization with sling on at all times, except distal arm ROM and bathing
  • 1. Elbow, wrist, and hand AROM 4x/day minimum
  • 2. Cryocuff/ice for pain

4-6 weeks

Decrease use of sling during the day except in uncontrolled situations. Strict ROM limits to: 120 flexion, 90 abduction, 30 external rotations.
  • 1. PROM, AAROM (wand, pulley), and AROM within pain tolerance and limits
  • 2. Supervised UBE within shoulder AROM within pain tolerance and limits
  • 3. Manual resistance for scapular motions
  • 4. Gentle soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • 5. Modalities as indicated for pain or inflammation

6-12 Weeks

Discontinue sling at night
  • 1. Progress AAROM and AROM as tolerated
  • 2. Joint mobilization of scapula (gentle glenohumeral as indicated)
  • 3. Strengthening exercises for scapula stabilizers and rotator cuff within pain free ranges May include PRE’s, PNF, and weight equipment Emphasis of strengthening on high reps and low weight, with postural awareness
  • 4. Progress toward independent strengthening program. Reinforce postural awareness, quality of exercise technique, and proper PRE progression.
Goal: AROM 90 percent of normal range for the involved shoulder by 12 weeks

6 Months

Begin functional throwing program
  • 1. Continue with independent program-strength, stretch, and sports specific drills.

9 Months

Possible return to full strength throwing and contact sports depending on strength and physician assessment

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