Arthroscopic SLAP Repair

Arthroscopic SLAP Repair



     Post op

Day 1-3


  •      Wean off sling over first 3 weeks
  •      Passive table slides
  •      Progress active assisted (closed chain) exercises as tolerated
  •      Scapula setting & axillary hygiene
  •      Neck, elbow, wrist & hand exercises

3-6 Weeks

  •      Progress to AROM movement as able
  •      Begin rotator cuff strengthening
  •      Posterior complex stretching
  •      Begin proprioceptive exercises

6 Weeks +

  •      Ensure posterior capsule mobility
  •      Manual therapy to eliminate any stiffness
  •      Progress to sports specific rehabilitation




Week 6

     Full active elevation

Week 12

     Full AROM with dynamic scapula stability through range

Return to Functional Activities


Driving 3-6 weeks

Swimming Breaststroke - 3 weeks

Freestyle - 6 weeks

Golf 6 weeks

Contact Sport e.g. Horse riding, rugby, football, martial arts, racquet sports and rock climbing: 6-12 weeks

Lifting Begin light lifting at 3 weeks, avoid heavy lifting for 3 months

Work Sedentary - As tolerated

Manual - 6-12 weeks


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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