Adam Seidl, MD - Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon - Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Adam Seidl, MDBoard Certified Orthopaedic SurgeonShoulder and Elbow Specialist

Acromioclavicular Joint Reconstruction

  • Acute (arthroscopic)
  • Chronic (open)

PHASE I: Protect Repair(0 to 8 weeks after surgery)

  • Patients may shower immediately over clear plastic, waterproof dressing
  • Sutures are all underneath the skin and will dissolve on their own
  • Ice or cold flow systems encouraged for the first week at a minimum: should be used 3-4 times per day.
  • Sling should be in place when not performing exercises.
  • Initiate exercise program 3 times per day:
    • Immediate elbow, forearm and hand range of motion out of sling
    • Pendulum exercises
    • Passive and active assistive ER at the side to 30, flexion to 130
  • No lifting with involved extremity.
  • AVOID scapular ROM exercises.

PHASE II: Progress ROM & Protect Repair(8 to 12 weeks after surgery)

  • May discontinue sling.
  • Lifting restriction of 5 pounds with the involved extremity.
  • Advance active and passive ROM in all planes to tolerance.
  • Initiate gentle rotator cuff strengthening.
  • Initiate scapular AROM exercises.

PHASE III: Full Function(3 months after surgery)

  • Discontinue lifting restrictions.
  • Advance rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer strengthening.
  • Initiate functional progression to sports specific activities at 4 months.

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Location Map

  • Orthopedics - University of Colorado Hospital

    1635 Aurora Ct
    4th Floor
    Aurora, CO 80045

  • UCHealth Lone Tree Clinic

    9548 Park Meadows Dr
    Lone Tree, CO 80124

Credibility Logos

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery logo
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons logo
  • American Shoulder And Elbow Surgeons logo
  • Western Orthopaedic Association logo
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Moon Shoulder