No NSAIDS such as Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Naprosyn, and Aleve x 2 weeks
Pain: Tylenol for mild pain and if needed use mild narcotic provided.
Work restrictions: Depends on duration of lifting restrictions
Exercise restrictions: 2 weeks relative rest then 4 weeks progressive PT
Use sling for ____days, coming out to flex and extend the elbow twice daily
NO ACTIVE lifting above shoulder height x 1 week; may do PASSIVELY after day 3
Do not actively rotate your arm away from your body (keep hand between belly & your side) for 7 days and avoid sudden reaching out to side or behind you for 2 weeks.
You can do simple pendulum exercises to help prevent a stiff shoulder
f/u for PT in 4-7 days
Activities: In general, with strength and activities, keep pain level below 4/10.
First 2 Weeks:
Strengthening/Motion: Isometrics are good for muscles and pain control. Gentle assisted and passive range of motion is good. PT will help with gentle range of motion.
Walking: No restrictions.
Cycling: May do a gentle ride on a stationary bike for 10-15 minutes, then 30 minutes after week 1.
Swimming: No swimming for the first 2 weeks.
Throwing/rock climbing/tennis: None of these the first 2 weeks.
Strengthening/Motion: Start gentle low load concentric/eccentrics with PT. Work on progressive motion using the other arm or stick.
Cycling: No restrictions except to stay on an exercise bike until 4 weeks.
Swimming: May begin gentle kicking and pool walking.
Throwing/rock climbing/tennis: No throwing/rock climbing until after 6 weeks. May begin 10-15 minutes of ground strokes (noncompetitive) at 4 weeks.
Cycling: May do gentle road biking and trail biking; avoid mtn biking until 6 weeks.
Swimming: May try some gentle breaststroke for a few laps. Use a buoy for rest.
Throwing/rock climbing: Can begin some pre-climbing/throwing exercises with PT.
Anticipate return to gentle climbing and return to throwing program at 6 weeks.