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Essential Items for Easier Home Recovery after Shoulder Surgery

Posted on July 05 2023

Shoulder surgery can be a challenging experience, and proper preparation is crucial for a smooth recovery at home. To help alleviate shoulder pain and make daily activities more manageable, it's essential to have the right tools and equipment readily available. In this guide, we will provide a list of essential shoulder therapy items that will make life easier and decrease shoulder pain during the recovery period, 

Shoulder Immobilizer:

A shoulder immobilizer is a supportive device that helps keep the shoulder joint stable and restricts movement, promoting proper healing and reducing pain. Invest in a high-quality immobilizer that fits well and provides adequate support while not being too hot to wear. DeRoyal has a nice sling here 

Shoulder Sling, Shoulder Immobilizer

Cold Therapy Pack:

Cold therapy packs are effective in reducing swelling, inflammation, and post-operative pain. Consider purchasing a reusable gel pack or an ice compression system specifically designed for shoulder injuries to provide relief whenever needed. ActiveWrap has a great option for post shoulder surgery here.

Shoulder Ice Pack,Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Ice Machine

Recliner and or Comfortable Pillows:

A good night's sleep is crucial for recovery. You may opt to sleep in a recliner for the first week or two. If you have access to a nice recliner I definitely recommend. Otherwise at least opt for pillows specifically designed for shoulder pain relief, such as orthopedic or contour pillows. These pillows provide support and help maintain proper spinal alignment, reducing discomfort during sleep.


A reacher or grabber tool will assist you in reaching objects without straining your recovering shoulder. This tool is particularly useful for grabbing items from high shelves or picking up objects from the floor without bending. The back scratcher comes in handy when you need to reach your back for an annoying itch. You can also flip it around when your armpit hair starts to grow back post shoulder surgery and you need to slide something in their to get that itch. Trust me it happens.


Slip-On Clothing:

During the recovery period, wearing clothing that can be easily put on and taken off without much arm movement is essential. Look for shirts, dresses, or button-up tops with larger arm openings or magnetic closures for convenience.

Bedside Caddy:

A bedside caddy or organizer will help you keep essential items within reach, such as medications, water bottles, books, or remote controls. This eliminates the need to get up frequently, allowing for a more comfortable recovery.

Some good hats

It’s not fun fixing your hair when in a sling so why not make it easy with some good hats to toss on your noggin after surgery. 

Voice-Activated Devices:

Consider using voice-activated devices like smart speakers or virtual assistants to control various home functions. This way, you can avoid reaching or moving your shoulder unnecessarily, making daily tasks more convenient.

Physical Therapy Tools:

Depending on your recovery plan, your healthcare provider may recommend specific physical therapy exercises. Invest in tools like resistance bands, 3lb weight (to place around wrist or hold for Codman pendulums, a shoulder pulley for your door to facilitate increased shoulder range of motion during your rehabilitation.

shoulder pulley, best items for shoulder rehabilitation


Properly equipping your home with these essential items can significantly improve your comfort and aid in a successful recovery following shoulder surgery. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you choose the right items for your specific needs. Shoulder pain is difficult enough finding the right items to help ease your shoulder pain and make life easier shouldn’t be. Stay active.