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I have frozen shoulder 3 months after rotator cuff surgery despite following all PT directions. Is it possible to overcome or will I need more surgery?

I have frozen shoulder 3 months after rotator cuff surgery despite following all PT directions. Is it possible to overcome or will I need more surgery?

Surgery: Arthrofibrosis after surgery (stiffness) often needs surgical capsular release/debride adhesions if severe at 3 months- manipulations can tear the repair- suggest discussing experience with your doc ...Read more

Freezing (Definition)

Freezing is to mean turning liquid into solid form by lowering the temperature. Water begins to freeze at 32 degree f or 0 degree celsius. Freezing reduces the movement of the substance/object--solid. Also commonly used in daily communication--police says to a perpetraitor "freeze" and hopefully the bad boy/girl stays solid/still (just for fun :-)). Have ...Read more


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Had rotator cuff surgery oct. 22 then got frozen shoulder its been 6 months still pain and not all motion range is back?

Had rotator cuff surgery oct. 22 then got frozen shoulder its been 6 months still pain and not all motion range is back?

Get 2nd opinion: Arthroscopic rc repair is a common procedure.'frozen shoulder' is a condition that can occur after repair or may have started earlier... If you are still having significant pain (on hydrocodone), loss of motion and don't seem to be improving then a 2nd opinion is never a bad idea. Try to see a board certified ors w/ sub specialty interest in shoulder surgery (if possible). Best of luck! ...Read more

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My shoulder randomly makes "grinding" noises following surgery for a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder (6 months ago). Should I be concerned?

My shoulder randomly makes "grinding" noises following surgery for a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder (6 months ago). Should I be concerned?

Shoulder issue: Grinding noise is a non-specific symptom and may not be anything to worry about, but it may be part of a bigger picture that may need attention. It all depends on your recovery. If your pain is improving and function is slowly getting better, then you may need to watch it and consult your doc if other symptoms are present or recovery halts. ...Read more

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A year after rotator cuff surgery (full tear & now 3 anchors). I started working out w/trainer & I am having shoulder pain (in back of shoulder) Should?

Secondary: Much of rotator cuff pain is secondary to scapular dysfunction and the failure rate of rotator cuff surgery is as high as 70%. Watch the YouTube video if you have time: https://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=0o90YoI1o7w ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a shoulder freeze up again after rotator cuff surgery, ?

Yes: Yes. Takes dilligent work with an excellent therapist to alleviate stiffness after surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I just received rotator cuff surgery 6 days ago I have very little pain in my shoulder but extreme pain in my forearm. Y is that I had a patial teer and a full tear that was repaired along with spur and some burcitus that was removed I just donk know why

That: That may be referred pain from the nerve. Keep an eye on it, and if it is worsen or persists, let your surgeon know, or if course if you had fever, increased swelling, or redness. Sometimes the surgery puts "traction" on nerves, and causes pain in odd areas after surgery. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff surgery? Who does it for shoulder pain?

Rotator cuff surgery? Who does it for shoulder pain?

Go to orthopedc surg: How dose do that or sport medicne surgeon. ...Read more

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Side effects of metal shaving left in shoulder from rotator cuff surgery?

Side effects of metal shaving left in shoulder from rotator cuff surgery?

It depends: The shoulder has many moving parts. If the metal is contained in the bone or is sequestered in fibrotic scar tissue, then it shouldn't be a problem. If its in the joint or a tendon sheath, it could be a source of pain and irritation. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a rotator cuff repair surgery on the left shoulder?

What can I expect from a rotator cuff repair surgery on the left shoulder?

Rest: A rotator cuff repair takes the torn end of the rotator cuff tendon and reattaches it to the bone with anchors and or sutures. The repair takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. A period of rest after the surgery allows the tendon end to heal back to the bone. This can take between 6-12 weeks. Typically, you are given some rest, followed by gentle exercises for motion and strength. ...Read more

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I have had open rotator cuff surgery and 2 anchors installed on my right shoulder, how long should I wait to have the left one done?

Wait until full func: Wait until you have full or near full function of this shoulder first. Typically around three months, but could be longer. ...Read more

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

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

Shoulder: Unfortunately I have seen many patients like u continuing to have pain long after healing should have occurred. The surgery is mostly for increased range of motion provided good physical therapy however the surgery itself can produce chronic pain and arthritis. Should see a reasonable pain management provider for further eval and treatment Wish I could say all pain will go away but can't ...Read more

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What do I need to know about shoulder AC and rotator cuff repair surgery?

Significant procedur: Both procedures are significant operations
which require extensive rehabilitation
if you have these procedures performed
you will likely require about six months of
rehab to be close to normal. ...Read more

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This is my second rotator cuff surgery on the same shoulder in the last 7 months. What is the chance this could happen a third time...?

This is my second rotator cuff surgery on the same shoulder in the last 7 months. What is the chance this could happen a third time...?

Depends on why: Most common reason for failure is technical followed by poor tissue. Many variables that should be checked to determine why first one failed need to discuss with your surgeon or get a second opinion by fellowship trained shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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My physical therapist says she can only work on one body part at a time. Why? I have osteoarthritis, torn rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, ddd, and more.

My physical therapist says she can only work on one body part at a time. Why? I have osteoarthritis, torn rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, ddd, and more.

Varies: There is not a specific reason that you can not work on more than one body part, except that for time constraint reasons it may not be practical. It also would need to be directly ordered as such by your doctor as well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is brachialis pain and soreness normal after rotator cuff surgery?

Yes: This is very common. Inform your physical therapist of this and have them alter your treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still be in pain nine weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Is it normal to still be in pain nine weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Depends: Would speak to your surgeon to see why you may still be hurting, but you may still be healing from your surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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