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3 weeks post op shoulder surgery repair torn labrum & torn rotator cuff. physical therapy started. is popping and clicking normal after surgery?

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Dr. Scott Graham
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes, don't worry.: Not all popping and clicking is a sign of trouble. In fact, because of the swelling that occurs after most shoulder surgeries, it is common. Remember to ice, do gentle range of motion exercises and begin early strengthening as directed by you surgeon and carried out by your physical therapist. In time, the noises will resolve as you recover.
Answered on Apr 3, 2020
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: No, that is not really a normal postop complaint. Just make sure your surgeon is aware.
Answered on Feb 27, 2017
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Dr. Scott Graham
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It is very common for this to happen as I mentioned. However, I agree with Dr. Hellman than if you have any concerns, mention it to your surgeon at your follow up appointment.
Feb 22, 2017

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