Arthroscopic Posterior Stabilisation

Arthroscopic Posterior Stabilisation 


       Post op

Day 1-3


  •      ER brace, wean to normal sling 2-3 weeks (sling 4-6 weeks)
  •      Proprioception, scapula setting, axillary hygiene
  •      Passive and active assisted with in safe zone
  •      Avoid combined flexion and internal rotation

3-6 Weeks

  •      Progress range of movement – no forced stretching
  •      Begin light resistance and strengthening

6 Weeks +

  •      Progressing full range of movement
  •      Increased resistance and strengthening
  •      Safe to begin combined flexion and internal rotation



Week 6

     Active range of movement at least 75% of normal

Week 12

     Full active range of movement




Return to Functional Activities


Driving 4-6 weeks

Swimming Breaststroke - 6 weeks

Freestyle - 3 months

Golf 3 months

Contact Sport 4-6 months

Lifting Light - 3 weeks

Heavy - 3 months

Work Sedentary - As able

Manual - 3 months


Courtesy - NC/RC

Guidelines for post-operative physiotherapy listed here should be used as reference points and are best used in conjunction with individualised post operative instructions and titrated appropriately as per patient progress. This guideline is designed and used by physiotherapists at the Wrightington Hospital and The Arm Clinic.

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