What is included in the postoperative care of supraspinatus tendonitis?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Postoperative care

  • A postoperative radiograph (supraspinatus outlet view) is obtained to document the adequacy of the subacromial decompression. The appearance on this radiographic view should be of a type I acromial arch without any residual spurring.

  • Following subacromial decompression, the patient is placed in a sling but is encouraged to remove the sling when comfortable and begin active and passive range-of-motion exercises. When pain has decreased significantly and range of motion has returned toward normal, a program of strengthening, similar to the previously mentioned conservative management, is instituted. Patients cannot begin sports-specific activities until they have full, active range of motion in the operated shoulder and normal strength, generally a period of approximately 3-4 months.

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