Shoulder instability post Latarjet Procedure

Acute phase (0-4 weeks)​


  • Protect surgical repair

  • Reduce pain

  • Commence controlled shoulder range of movement

  • Promote improved proprioceptive acuity


  • *Safe zone: aim for passive range of movement to 90° elevation, 45° abduction, 0° external rotation by end of second week

  • Active assisted/supported range from 2 weeks

  • No forced movements, no combined aduction/external rotation

  • Closed kinetic chain/proprioception exercises

  • Cuff exercises within safe zone

  • Scapular setting exercises

  • Elbow, wrist, hand exercises

  • Criteria for progression

  • Controlled pain

  • Adequate range of movement (need adequate rotational range of movement before introducing active through range cuff facilitation work above 90°)

  • Compliance with exercises

Intermediate phase (4-8 weeks)


  • Discard sling

  • Restore functional range of movement

  • Re-educate cuff recruitment and scapular control through range

  • Enhance proprioception

  • Preserve surgical repair integrity


  • No passive stretching into combined abduction/external rotation

  • Encourage active movement with good control and without apprehension

  • Engage cuff and scapular stabilisation

  • Progress cuff and scapular recruitment through range

  • Progress kinetic chain integration

  • Closed kinetic change work

  • Hydrotherapy permitted

Criteria for progression

  • Painfree functional range of movement

  • Good cuff and scapular control through functional range

Late phase (>8 weeks)


  • Restore full range of movement

  • Optimise preparatory and reactive stabilisation

  • Optimise cuff and scapular control under load

  • Enhance shoulder power, strength and endurance


  • Regain optimal range of movement into combined positions

  • Enhance neuromuscular control through range and incorporated with kinetic chain

  • Strengthening and endurance exercises for cuff and scapular musculature

  • Preparatory and reactive stabilisation drills in risk positions

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