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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?

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

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

I'm 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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I had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair four weeks ago today. I am still in a sling and have not yet begun physical therapy. I have significant nerve pain in my wrist and forearm area when the arm is extended (when bent the pain is not apparent) to inclu

I had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair four weeks ago today. I am still in a sling and have not yet begun physical therapy. I have significant nerve pain in my wrist and forearm area when the arm is extended (when bent the pain is not apparent) to inclu

Comments: You may be getting some stiffness at the joints due to lack of use, secondary to the sling. Once you commence range of motion with physical therapy, this should start to resolve. Do contact your orthopedic surgeon, and let know of your symptoms. Doubt you have true "nerve" issues, but if concerns persist, an EMG test could clarify. ...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?

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

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

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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I had rotator cuff surgery on 3 02 2012 did 7 months of therapy and now my bicep gives me a terrible pain when I lift it almost to my shoulder height it hurts so bad I have to drop and hold my arm my arm is also cracking and popping again any suggestions

I had rotator cuff surgery on 3 02 2012 did 7 months of therapy and now my bicep gives me a terrible pain when I lift it almost to my shoulder height it hurts so bad I have to drop and hold my arm my arm is also cracking and popping again any suggestions

Probably didn't heal: I suspect your repair didn't take or part of the repair failed to heal. Not your fault or even your surgeon's fault. Blame biology. Depending on extent of tear anywhere from 10->50% of tears won't heal. I would advise a followup exam and have it looked at. If still having pain and tendon retorn options will inlcude steroid, benign neglect or reverse total shoulder. B cautious w repeat repair. ...Read more

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Hi! Had rotator cuff surgery 3/2/2012and 7 months of therapy I have terrible pain when I lift my arm half way my bicep hurts so bad that I have to drop my arm it still pops and cracks the doctor said he is done. What could be the problem thanks?

Hi! Had rotator cuff surgery 3/2/2012and 7 months of therapy I have terrible pain when I lift my arm half way my bicep hurts so bad that I have to drop my arm it still pops and cracks the doctor said he is done. What could be the problem thanks?

Shoulder Specialist: We need more information about the full extent of your diagnosis...I recommend you get a second opinion with a shoulder specialist. Http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-specialist/surgeryspecialist/http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/video-how-to-choose-a-surgeon-for-your-rotator-cuff-repair. Htm these links may help you make a more informed decision. ...Read more

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Which type of physical therapy do they do for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Which type of physical therapy do they do for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Multifaceted: Physical therapy for rotator cuff tendonitis or impingement syndrome is multifaceted and includes: postural training, imporvement in upper back strength, improvement in core strength, strengtheing the rotator cuff first in internal and external rotation and then eventually with forward elevation. Obtaining full painless full range of motion is important in early physical therapy treatment. ...Read more

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What are some rehab or physical therapy exercises for a torn rotator cuff?

Rotator cuff: Posture principle of the shoulder is key. Can begin with "scapular stabilization" exercises and progress to rotator cuff exercises including "thrower 10" exercises. Google or bing the above for pictures and descriptions. ...Read more

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

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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Can physical therapy help treat rotator cuff disorders?

Yes: Physical therapy and time generally can do wonders for most rotator cuff problems. However, if you are not making any progress you need to see an orthopedic surgeon to help better define and treat your shoulder problem. ...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?

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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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

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Can a torn rotator cuff (1.2 CM) be treated with physical therapy and anti inflammatory rx?

Yes, sometimes: Some rotator cuff tears will symptomatically improve with physical therapy, nsaids, +/- corticosteroid injection; therefore non-operative treatment should be tried first (unless your tear was traumatic or there is other specific reason in your case to operate sooner). Cuff tears generally do not heal on their own so if non-op tx (pt, nsaids, etc) fails (symptoms persist), consider surgery. ...Read more

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A military pa told me, after 3 yrs complaining about pain, that I have a tear in my rotator cuff with fluid in my shoulder. Why would she refer me to physical therapy and not orthopedics?

A military pa told me, after 3 yrs complaining about pain, that I have a tear in my rotator cuff with fluid in my shoulder. Why would she refer me to physical therapy and not orthopedics?

Orthopedic referral: If you have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear then I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon who can better determine if you should have therapy versus a rotator cuff tear. If you have a tear and need surgery then delaying that surgery could worsen your final outcome. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Tried physical therapy OTC pain killers and tramadol for torn rotator cuff. Nothing has worked. What is something I could getthat won't make me sick?

Tried physical therapy OTC pain killers and tramadol for torn rotator cuff. Nothing has worked. What is something I could getthat won't make me sick?

Torn Rotator cuff: A corticosteroid injection is something to try that may help. If the rotator cuff is torn, has orthopedic surgery considered surgical repair? Rest with gentle movements to maintain shoulder mobility can allow you to heal. Ice and heat applications may help. Perhaps a higher dose or stronger NSAID by prescription, if not allergic, plus 650mg tylenol (acetaminophen) together might work. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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


Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

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