Week 8 Post Surgery

Kettlebell Press
Kettlebell Press

It’s all good news on the shoulder rehab front and I’m pleased to say I’m enjoying my Physio exercises and weightlifting basics again. I’ve been really busy with daily mobility, strength and stretching work which has paid dividends as I’m ahead of where I would expect to be for just 8 weeks post op. It’s still early days really when you think about it and I’m mindful not to over do it. The shoulder does get sore if I’ve done a bit too much so it’s a good reminder when to back off. The other day it was aching quite a bit after a busy day at work so I rested it for a day or so and it quickly settled back down.

Pilates work
Pilates work

Pilates classes have provided a real challenge to the shoulder in a safe and controlled way and it’s been great to join in all my classes since I’ve been back to work. My clients have all been very understanding if there’s something I can’t yet manage but to be honest I can do most moves now pretty much.

I’ve been able to squat some light weights and have worked up to 50 kilos with my shoulder comfortable on the bar. Nothing like as heavy as I was lifting before the surgery but enough to get a good sweat on and a bit of muscle soreness that feels good after a workout. It’s important to distinguish between fatigue related muscle ache and injury pain and I think I’m doing a pretty good job so far as I’ve had steady improvements with no set backs.

Overhead Squat
Overhead Squat

I’m back up to full speed now with my Physio work and I’m able to do sports massage and more heavy ‘hands-on’ treatments again. I’ve recently started working with the athletes at CrossFit No Ego in Workington and managed to assess and treat the big guys with no problems. So it’s all positive news and I’m really happy with progress and am looking forward to getting more strength and fitness over the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned folks for more rehab updates.

Speak Soon,

Mary the Physio 🙂