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How come I am having bicep spasms after rotator cuff surgery?

How come I am having bicep spasms 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!

Dr. Allen Lu
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Rotator Cuff Repair (Definition)

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


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I had rotator cuff surgery 7 weeks ago. Should be feeling this sharp pain in outer bicep?

I had rotator cuff surgery 7 weeks ago. Should be feeling this sharp pain in outer bicep?

Can be normal: It is normal to still have some sharp pains 7 weeks after rotator cuff surgery. Pain in the outer biceps is likely referred pain from the shoulder that is radiating to the biceps. I let patients know that this should subside to a dull ache by 3 months after the surgery.

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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.

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Could you tell me what happens after rotator cuff surgery?

Could you tell me what happens after rotator cuff surgery?

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.

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I'm running after rotator cuff surgery, is this okay?

I'm running after rotator cuff surgery, is this okay?

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.

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What happens after rotator cuff surgery? Rehab for weeks?

What happens after rotator cuff surgery? Rehab for weeks?

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.

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How long is the recovery period after rotator cuff surgery?

How long is the recovery period after rotator cuff surgery?

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!

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5 weeks after rotator cuff surgery my shoulder wants to freeze up and is very inflammed. Why?

5 weeks after rotator cuff surgery my shoulder wants to freeze up and is very inflammed. Why?

Need PT: Most surgeons recommend physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery to help with motion and guide the success of a repair. Sounds like you may be developing a frozen shoulder. I would check back with your surgeon sooner than later.

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How do I massage out knots in my forearm after rotator cuff surgery and retyinng of ligamentns?

How do I massage out knots in my forearm after rotator cuff surgery and retyinng of ligamentns?

Gently: Gently massage them out. This should not affect the outcome of your surgery. Your therapist may be able to help you with this as well. Thanks.

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Can you still powerlift after rotator cuff surgery?

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.

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How much assistance willone need after rotator cuff surgery?

How much assistance willone need after rotator cuff surgery?

You need assistant: You can not use that arm for 3 weeks, beside the pain you are going to have from the surgery, so if it is your right arm you can not use it for three weeks almost for any thing.

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Why does my shoulder still hurt a year after rotator cuff surgery?

Why does my shoulder still hurt a year after rotator cuff surgery?

Strength and enduran: Difficult to answer. Rotator cuff repairs take a long time to rehab. Shoulder only will only feel better after the strength and endurance are back near normal. Sometimes this never happens. Some rotator cuff tears have a high rate of retear also.

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How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

My patients: Have 4 weeks of homehealth and then 8 weeks of outpatient. Followed by a home therapy program.

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What is the usual response to rehabilitation after rotator cuff surgery?

What is the usual response to rehabilitation after rotator cuff surgery?

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?

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When does the extreme pain stop after rotator cuff surgery? Its been 3 weeks.

When does the extreme pain stop after rotator cuff surgery? Its been 3 weeks.

` 3 MONTHS: Rehab after rotator cuff surg is one of the more difficult it will get better but it takes some time by 3 months most people are doing pretty good.

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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more