Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) is gaining acceptance as a surgical solution for cuff tear arthropathy and complex humeral fractures.  While therapists are seeing more of these patients, rehabilitation and precautions after this procedure have not been widely discussed.  This presentation will give clinicians confidence by thoroughly addressing RSA mechanics, considerations, and pitfalls.  Attendees will understand a logical, specific progression of post-operative management to achieve maximum outcomes while managing expectations and therapy visits.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Identify the primary instability precautions after Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Identify how the change in mechanics creates potential for scapular abutment
  • Identify the maximum Passive Range of Motion that can be expected from a Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis
  • Identify appropriate functional expectations 12 weeks after Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Course Agenda

  • RSA surgical procedure, indications
  • Practical Mechanics
  • Expectations and Goal Setting
  • Exercise Progression (Video)
  • Common Pitfalls
  • Outcomes


  • Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT

A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BS in Biology, Kim earned her MPT and DPT from Emory University.  Currently, Kim is a staff therapist at the Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center, Indianapolis Indiana.  Prior to her position at the hand center, she practiced at Princeton University and Hamilton Physical Therapy in New Jersey.  Kim enjoys sharing clinical experiences with other therapists as an enthusiastic volunteer for both the Education Division of the American Society of Hand Therapists and the Hand Section of the APTA, and as an active member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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