You are now out of the acute/passive phase of your post op surgery.

You can now move your shoulder actively, bear weight through your lower extremity, and can stop using your walker, cane and crutches.

But…something is keeping your from moving your arm, bearing weight on your lower extremity, and from using your assistive device.

It is called FEAR.

Fear of pain, fear of re-injury, and fear of movement are common barriers in returning to normal life, work, or sports related activity.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”- Jack Canfield

This type of fear is one of the most common emotions that our patients deal with.

Fear can limit full ROM, muscle guarding, hinder balance, and increase falls.

After having a rotator cuff repair, a patient told me, “It is hard for me to relax, because the fear of pain is hindering me from moving my shoulder.”

I was able to listen to my patient’s concern as well as provide comfort, and encouraging words to help my patient move their shoulder without fear of pain.

It is a process that takes time. That is one reason why coming to physical therapy and finishing the plan of care customized for you, is so important to your overall health physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Practical Ways to overcome Fear in Physical Therapy:

  1. Come to your appointments planed out by you and your Therapist
  2. Discuss your fears/concerns/goals with your Therapist
  3. Participate and engage in your plan of care each session
  4. Ask questions
  5. Take part in your home exercise program customized for you
  6. Finally Smile, laugh and have fun!!


As a staff of Physical Therapy Associates, one of our main goals is to provide a safe, confidential environment to discuss your fears and concerns, and together work towards providing you with the utmost care to meet your goal.

You should not have fear keep you from living your life to the fullest!!!

Together we can overcome Fear!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”

2 Timothy 1:7