View Full Version : Post-op problems with arm/shoulder ROM

12-06-2007, 11:58 AM
Just wondering if anyone else has had problems with their arm/shoulder range of motion (ROM). I'm going to physical therapy, started about a month ago-- and found out there that the ROM in my arm/shoulder area is less than half of what it should be. I know it takes awhile to recover from this surgery, and am busy working on this problem now with physical therapy. I wondered if this is something that is common or not. I'm 7 months post-op now, and hoped to be doing really fine by this time. I am in so many ways, so I'm not complaining.

With my ROM limitations, I have a hard time fastening my bra, taking cardigan type sweaters off, reaching my seat belt, etc. Anyone else with this problem? My fusion is from T2-L4. And I'm hoping I won't develop other problems. Just above my fusion area I was getting a lot of discomfort yesterday, as I finished off my Christmas cards. I think it was just from being in that writing position for too long... That is getting off the subject though. Just let me know if some of you developed ROM problems post-op-- and if you worked through it or not with time and/or pt. Thanks! :)

12-06-2007, 12:34 PM

I can't help with post-op ROM issues, but I've had right-side ROM problems for years (which I hope will be improved post-surgery). My coping mechanism for fastening bras is to wear only those with the hooks in front. I've been wearing "posture bras" for several years - they are not easy to find (I found mine on the internet) and they sure do not look pretty or even come in nice colors, but they solved my problem of the right strap always slipping off my shoulder.

As for the seat belt, perhaps you can attach a loop or hook around the belt to help pull it toward you. And if your car does not have leather seats, try placing large plastic trash bags on the seat and seat back to facilitate sliding in & out.

Best wishes for the ROM problems to resolve very soon.

12-06-2007, 01:03 PM
Janet--thanks for the suggestions. It sounds like you have dealt with that problem very effectively. :) I've got my system down for those issues too-- either live with a quick fastening accompanied by pain, or fasten in front and then twist the bra around. I have a really hard time finding bras that fit right, so hate to try mail order ones. As for the seat belt dilemma, I've just been pivoting on my derierre (how do you spell that??) to grab the seat belt, then back to facing forward. I mostly wondered if others had been affected with limited ROM post-op. And if so, did it get better... I guess I'll find out eventually! :rolleyes: