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The purpose of this case report is to emphasize the importance of scapular mobility and strengthening exercises in rehabilitation protocols for patients after a posterior capsular reconstruction surgery of the glenohumeral joint.

The objective outcomes by week three are displayed in Table 1.0. The patient was discharged after nine visits over a period of three weeks. During the final session, the patient was able to perform standing shoulder abduction to 90 degrees with a one-pound dumbbell pain-free. The patient was able to reach into a shelf at 120 degrees of shoulder flexion with a pain scale rating of 2/10. He was unable to return to work or play basketball with his son, but he was able to reach his kitchen cabinets at home if he stood on a small step. The patient’s QuickDASH score improved to 59.09% disability.

Publication Date

Fall 2018


St. Augustine, FL


Shoulder Joint, Range of Motion, Articular, Exercise Therapy, Reconstructive Surgical Procedures


Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Presented at the Fall 2018 Research Day on the St. Augustine, FL, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Scapulothoracic Mobility and Strengthening after a Posterior Capsular Reconstruction of the Glenohumeral Joint with an Allograft: A Case Report