Shoulder Rehabilitation

Capsular Release

Sling When will I go home? What can I do? What can’t I do?
3-5 days You will be discharged on the same day as the operation All shoulder range of movement No movement into painful extremes.

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)


  • Reduce pain


  • Wean sling by Day 5
  • Early & graduated exercise pathway from passive, to active assist to active shoulder range of movement exercises within pain limits

Criteria for progression

  • Pain control

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)


  • Return range of movement to greater than pre-op range


  • Restore maximal range of movement through passive, active assisted and active exercises
  • Ensure normal movement pattern with range of movement
  • Gentle shoulder mobilisations with physiotherapy as needed
  • Ensure scapular stabilisation and adequate control of scapulohumeral rhythm
  • Hydrotherapy permitted
  • Criteria for progression
  • Improvement in shoulder range

Late phase (>6 weeks)


  • Full shoulder range of movement and function


  • Progress range of movement exercises
  • Improved shoulder strength through a graduated strengthening program
  • Dynamic scapular control through range

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving Lifting Swimming Golf
2 weeks 6 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks

Devinder Garewal

Mr. Devinder Garewal

MBBS, BMedSci, FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA

Mr. Devinder Garewal is an orthopaedic shoulder specialist. Devinder completed his medical qualifications from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

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