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How do you rehab a rotator cuff repair?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rotator cuff

The rehab is slow.
It can take up to 6 weeks just for the initial healing with limited motion of the shoulder. The next phase involves regaining active shoulder motion and flexibility. The last phase in recovery is strengthening. The whole process can take 3-6 months.

In brief: Rotator cuff

The rehab is slow.
It can take up to 6 weeks just for the initial healing with limited motion of the shoulder. The next phase involves regaining active shoulder motion and flexibility. The last phase in recovery is strengthening. The whole process can take 3-6 months.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

This depends heavily on the size of the tear, associated injuries, type of repair, and your surgeons preferred protocol.
The best answer is to discuss it in detail with your surgeon and physical therapist. In general, initial rehab will be directed at reducing pain and swelling, then restoring range of motion, followed eventually by a gradual outlined strengthening program.

In brief: It depends

This depends heavily on the size of the tear, associated injuries, type of repair, and your surgeons preferred protocol.
The best answer is to discuss it in detail with your surgeon and physical therapist. In general, initial rehab will be directed at reducing pain and swelling, then restoring range of motion, followed eventually by a gradual outlined strengthening program.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Slowly

Rotator cuff repair requires patience.
The repair requires time to heal but you need to keep the joint from stiffening. After the repair your surgeon will start you on passive range of motion exercises, when he or she feels you are ready, followed by more active use of the arm. A good physical therapist will keep you limber and plan you program.

In brief: Slowly

Rotator cuff repair requires patience.
The repair requires time to heal but you need to keep the joint from stiffening. After the repair your surgeon will start you on passive range of motion exercises, when he or she feels you are ready, followed by more active use of the arm. A good physical therapist will keep you limber and plan you program.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
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