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Shoulder Arthroplasty: Return to Function

presented by John O'Halloran

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The shoulder is the third most commonly replaced joint in the body. Join Dr. John O’Halloran as he reviews the evolution of shoulder arthroplasty and talks about the surgical procedures used today. This course describes the rehabilitation phases and range of motion expectations through lecture, patient videos, and demonstrations. Dr. O’Halloran demonstrates a wide range of manual techniques and therapeutic exercises to promote return of function to the level desired by today’s arthroplasty patients. The course finishes with an in-depth look at the indications for a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty surgery, and the rehabilitation considerations specific to this procedure. This is the second course in a four course series. Please be sure to also watch:

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Meet Your Instructor

John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (retired), CSCS (retired), Cert MDT, Certified SCTM-1

John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (retired), CSCS (retired), Cert MDT, Certified SCTM-1, is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of orthopedics. He earned his postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University and has studied orthopedic and sports therapy abroad in…

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1. Introduction

In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran provides an overview of the history of shoulder arthroplasty and introduces two different surgical techniques. The chapter also includes common medical management practices of arthritis and rotator cuff tears, and four key postoperative rehabilitation objectives.

2. Rehabilitating the Shoulder

Join Dr. O’Halloran as he identifies the four rehabilitation phases and range of motion expectations following shoulder arthroplasty. Learn different manual techniques and therapeutic exercises for the four main shoulder muscles to promote increased range of motion.

3. Postoperative Exercises and Expectations

Several patient videos are presented to demonstrate postoperative rehabilitation exercises. Dr. O’Halloran also describes the return to function phases and activity expectations for patients postoperatively.

4. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Dr. O’Halloran describes the indications and surgical techniques of a reverse total arthroplasty procedure. This chapter identifies the two different phases of rehabilitation and provides a timeline for range of motion expectations.

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