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Bicep Pain After Rotator Cuff Surgery
Biceps close by: The most common rotator cuff tendon torn is the supraspiatus tendon. It runs very close to the long head of biceps tendon in your shoulder. So, the tendon can irritated and spasm after 'rotator cuff repair'. This is common and usually normal. It is also generally a temporary phenemenon. Good luck! ...Read more
Rotator cuff repair is performed by reattaching to bone the important tendons of the shoulder that provide specific refined motion and function of the shoulder: forward flexion, elevation away from the side of the body, and internal/external rotation of the arm while at the ...Read more
I had rotator cuff surgery six weeks ago. I am still weaning off the sling. Pain is terrible in my bicep and it is rock hard. Help?
Stiffness: 36 year old woman with post surgical stiffness 6w s/p rotator cuff repair. Please contact your treating surgeon and let them know that you are experiencing a high level of pain. It would be best to see your surgeon in person so that they can give you a physical exam to rule out any important postoperative problems and assess your neurovascular status. Call and speak to the MD on call if necessary. ...Read more
I have swelling in the bicep area (goes all the way around) in my arm following rotator cuff surgery 5 weeks ago. Should I be concerned?
See your surgeon: You really should discuss this with your surgeon since he/she was there and can give you all og the what ifs. ...Read more
I am in a lot of pain after rotator cuff surgery and a shaved bone spur. It's been 3 weeks when does the pain start to get better?
Highly variable: Usually 2-6 weeks, but will take many months to fully recover. ...Read more
Rotator Cuff Surgery: This varies from doctor to doctor and also depends on the severity of the tear. It is generally accepted that initially you should avoid any active range of motion of the shoulder, while often passive range is allowed much sooner. After appropriate rest, pt will gradually help you regain range of motion, and then later strengthening exercises will be added. Expect 3-6 months for recovery. ...Read more
Asking wrong people: The person to ask is your Orthopedic Surgeon who knows your case best. Your Surgeon will set your post-surgical course of treatment for you. No two people are alike, so call your Surgeon for the best answer. ...Read more
Surgeon preference: This is an question best asked of your surgeon. Every surgeon has different protocols and different philosophies about motion after rotator cuff repairs. The rotator cuff pulls against the repair even when you sit in a sling/immobilizer completely braced. So it will never be completely protected. Some surgeons want physical therapy right away to keep motion. Others will wait 6-12 weeks. ...Read more
Rotator cuff repair: Surgery to re-attach a torn rotator cuff tendon typically takes 6 weeks for preliminary healing of tendon to bone. At 6 weeks, the sling is discontinued. Physical therapy is helpful initially to regain range of motion of the shoulder. Once rom has been restored, aditional pt to regain strength and function. By 6 months, most patients are pretty functional. Full recovery 9-12 months. Good luck! ...Read more
You can.: With a successful repair and appropriate post-operative rehab, you should be able to resume powerlifting. However, you should be aware that you are more likely to incur a re-tear than most patients, because of the immense forces on the rotator cuff, associated with powerlifting. ...Read more
My patients: Have 4 weeks of homehealth and then 8 weeks of outpatient. Followed by a home therapy program. ...Read more
Rotator cuff: Active-assisted and passive range of motion exercises are typically started at home at two weeks post-operatively. Six weeks is when formal physical therapy starts with strengthening gradually and continued range of motion exercises. It is painful, but important to stay with it. You're pretty young for a rotator cuff tear. Are you the patient? ...Read more
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What are some exercises or things that can be done after rotator cuff surgery if you fell like the shoulder is freezing?
See below: Forearm: however you want. Shoulder: very carefully as you do not want to disturb the surgical site. ...Read more
Variable: Some patients have complete relief immediately but this would be the minority. Most people are fairly uncomfortable for 2-4 weeks. By 6 weeks the pain should be less and even by 3 months, some people characterize the pain as a dull tooth ache with tightness. ...Read more
U wil need help: For the first 4 to 6 weeks I don't allow anybody to move the shoulder on their own so u will need help with many routine things ...Read more
As long as it takes: While the exact duration of pt following your rotator cuff surgery will be managed by your surgeon, depending on the severity of your tear pt may last anywhere from 7 weeks to 1 year or more. All programs will emphasize avoiding strenuous activities that could cause a repeat injury while remaining active enough to prevent joint stiffness, one of the most common rotator cuff repair complications. ...Read more
Rotator cuff surgery: The answer to your question depends on many factors including the size of your tear, your range of motion before surgery, the length of time that your rotator cuff was torn prior to surgery and the atrophy in the torn muscle. Generally, the average patient will be able to lift their arm overhead around 3 months after surgery. Remember, recovery from rotator cuff surgery is always slow. ...Read more
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