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What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

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

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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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! ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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When after rotator cuff surgery will the pain start to go away?

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

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Help, how much assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

Therapy?: Not sure of the question. I feel that all patients need physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery. This focuses on motion of the shoulder, progressing to strengthening of the rotator cuff. Make sure to discuss this with your orthopaedic surgeon. ...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

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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. ...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

Weight Lifting (Definition)

Weight lifting refers to the activity of lifting weights, or using resistance bands, pulley systems, or similar resistance apparatus to increase muscle mass or to tone the body. This can either be done competitively or as a ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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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