Shoulder Surgery Rehab

About the JPL Technique

The JPL technique was created by Doctor Jean-Pierre Liotard in Lyon, France and has been utilized by physicians and physical therapists worldwide.  It allows for an early, patient-controlled range of motion after shoulder surgery to improve the range of motion and reduce pain levels.

The exercises begin on post-operative day 3 until 6 months after surgery. The JPL Technique includes 3 phases of exercises. Your good arm does the work. The movements progress as tolerated and should never be painful.

Watch the JPL Shoulder Exercises

JPL – Phase 1

In the lying down position, starting post-op day 3:

  1. Raise your arms over the head as far as you can comfortably.
  2. Straighten the elbows. Hold for 5 seconds, then return hands smoothly to your abdomen (or sling).
  3. Repeat for 10 total reps. Do this 3 to 5 times per day.

JPL – Phase 2

2-6 weeks post-surgery

  1. Raise your hands upwards together to rest on the top of your head.
  2. Now, reach upwards with hands towards the ceiling, Think about straightening your elbows and stretching as far as you can. For the return motion, slowly bend your elbows and return arms to the abdomen.
  3. Repeat for 10 total reps. Do this 3 to 5 times per day.

JPL – Phase 3

6 weeks and continues until 6 months after surgery

  1. Draw the elbows backward and clasp hands BEHIND the head (siesta position).
  2. Stretch arms above your head, extending elbows straight in the air. At the end of the movement, the arms are held against the temples, aligned with the body axis.
  3. Repeat for 10 total reps. Do this 3 to 5 times per day.
JPL shoulder

Your shoulder rehabilitation involves gradually recovering your passive range of motion (flexibility) through self-stretching exercises. Remember, movements should progress as tolerated and NOT be painful.  Focus on your breathing.

If you have any questions, you can call us at 816-525-2840 or text us at 816-551-2339.

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