Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr


Arthroplasty -- rehabilitation; Shoulder Joint -- surgery


The shoulder is a very complex joint in the human body and, therefore, is easily injured and/or damaged. When conservative methods (pain reducing modalities, exercise, or medication) to treat the injury fail, an alternative method of treatment could be a total shoulder arthroplasty. Corrective surgery alone, however, is not enough. A rehabilitation program involving range of motion and strengthening exercises is fundamental in the successful return of function at the shoulder.

The purpose of this literature review is to provide an overview of shoulder anatomy, surgical procedures of total shoulder arthroplasty, rehabilitation protocols, and outcomes. The information gained from this literature review will be useful for physical therapists who work with individuals following a total shoulder arthroplasty by enhancing their knowledge of surgical procedures, outcomes, and the importance of rehabilitation.