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How long do I need to go to physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery?

How long do I need to go to physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery?

Depends: The course of physical therapy depends upon the severity of your presumed tear; and the competence of the operating surgeon, and the skill of the physical therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


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I had a partial tear to rotator cuff. Opted for physical therapy rather than surgery. After several weeks of therapy still some stiffness. Will the stiffness ever go away?

I had a partial tear to rotator cuff.  Opted for physical therapy rather than surgery. After several weeks of therapy  still some stiffness. Will the stiffness ever go away?

Yes: Partial rotator cuff tears are often treatable with therapy, but may take 6-12 weeks to improve. Oral and/or injectable steroids are helpful and may speed recovery. If non-operative treatment fails, arthroscopic surgery works quite well. The inflamed bursa and partial rotator cuff tear will be debrided. Bone spurs are also removed. The typical recovery is 3-4 months. ...Read more

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Im getting physical therapy for my rotator cuff surgery but now I have a burning pain in front of my shoulder. Did they over stretch?

Likely just muscle.: Physical therapy for rotator cuff is a mainstay of therapy for this. With stretching and exercise the other muscles and tendons of the shoulder joint will become strengthened and stretched. These muscles are likely not used to this at this point and so will become sore and burn as Lactic Acid builds up in them. The best thing to do is to keep up with the pt. ...Read more

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Age 16, i hurt my shoulder 2 months ago. Physical therapy and cortisone not helpful. Mri shows rotator cuff tear and bone spur. Should I have surgery?

Age 16, i hurt my shoulder 2 months ago. Physical therapy and cortisone not helpful. Mri shows rotator cuff tear and bone spur. Should I have surgery?

Shoulder Specialist: I rarely see patients at age 16 that have a rotator cuff tear and don't have other shoulder pathology such as a labrum tear, suprascapular nerve injury or an unstable shoulder. I would recommend you have an evaluation with someone that performs hundreds of shoulder repairs like yours annually. I am also suspicious of the bone spur diagnosis. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/shoulderpain/2013/sho. ...Read more

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I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?

I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?

Can't answer w/o inf: The space here is limited to provide a good answer to your question. You should speak to an Orthopedic Surgeon or sports medicine doctor (rehab?) to answer this question. Generally, rest, ice, & compression is used to help support healing. Anti-inflammatories like Tylenol (acetaminophen) could be used also. Later on, rehab is used when healing has started but timing is up to the surgeon. ...Read more

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What shoulder physical therapy exercise works on a rotator cuff?

Graded program: Pt for rotator cuff problems usually start out with assisted exercises to decrease pain while gradually increasing the exercises to improve painless range of motion. Once painless range of motion has been achieved specific exercises to strengthen the rotatorcuff muscles are started and then finally sports specific exercises depending on what type of sport the person would like to go back to. ...Read more

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If I went to physical therapy for my rotator cuff, why is my neck hurting?

If I went to physical therapy for my rotator cuff, why is my neck hurting?

Accessory muscles: When the shoulder muscles are not doing their job properly, the other muscles connected to the shoulder blade pitch in to help. This activity is not normal to them and they complain. ...Read more

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Can you get back to full function with enough physical therapy after a rotator cuff tear?

It depends.: If the rotator cuff tear is small and the muscles have not atropied significantly between the time of the tear and the time of the reconstruction, you should get much if not all of your function back. For this to happen it is very important to do your rehab after surgery. ...Read more

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Over a year ago i was diagnosed w/ a torn rotator cuff. PT was suggested but I never went. Am I still able to do physical therapy even after a year?

Over a year ago i was diagnosed w/ a torn rotator cuff. PT was suggested but I never went. Am I still able to do physical therapy even after a year?

Yes: Yes, you can still do physical therapy. Physical therapy can help with decreasing pain and restoring range of motion. They can help you learn exercises to do at home as well. Good luck and see the physical therapist. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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