Recovery & Rehabilitation

While each patient is different, the goal is for you to recover from your shoulder surgery in the comfort of your own home as soon as possible. Most patients prefer to have family members and friends close-by to support them during rehabilitation.

If you require surgery, planning for discharge from the hospital begins when surgery is scheduled.If special assistance such as medical equipment rental, home nursing care, outpatient therapy or a stay in a skilled nursing facility are required, we will work with you to coordinate the details. Your home situation, mobility, medical condition and the availability of family assistance may influence the discharge plan.

We employ a "multi-modal" approach to pain management. This means we attack the pain from many different angles to help keep your pain at a manageable level and continue your participation in rehabilitation activities.

Different techniques are used including a variety of pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications and medications to relieve muscle spasms. We also incorporate non-medication techniques to help manage pain.

Occupational and physical therapy can help restore your ability to perform routine daily activities following shoulder surgery. Our occupational therapists will work with you on overcoming the many challenges that come with having your arm in a sling, from making meals to taking a shower.
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Bone & Joint Center
(616) 738-3884
Shoreline Orthopaedics
(616) 396-5855