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What is important to know for rehab after a rotator cuff repair?
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Slow but steady
Recovery and rehab will vary widely depending on tear type, size, associated injuries, pre-operative function, post-operative goals, and repair type.
In general, early treatment involves protection in a sling for 4-6 weeks and gentle range of motion exercises with eventual progression to strengthening exercises. Full recovery typically takes at least 3 months, but often can take 6-12 months.

In brief: Slow but steady
Recovery and rehab will vary widely depending on tear type, size, associated injuries, pre-operative function, post-operative goals, and repair type.
In general, early treatment involves protection in a sling for 4-6 weeks and gentle range of motion exercises with eventual progression to strengthening exercises. Full recovery typically takes at least 3 months, but often can take 6-12 months.
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Timing
It takes 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to the bone.
During the healing phase, it is important to avoid any stress on the repair. Active shoulder range of motion should be avoided. Once the repair is healed therapy is begun first to restore range of motion, then for strengthening. Depending on the size of the tear, it may take 6-18 months for full restoration of function.

In brief: Timing
It takes 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to the bone.
During the healing phase, it is important to avoid any stress on the repair. Active shoulder range of motion should be avoided. Once the repair is healed therapy is begun first to restore range of motion, then for strengthening. Depending on the size of the tear, it may take 6-18 months for full restoration of function.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Hashim Alani
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Continue rehab
Need to have physical therapy for several weeks.
That is what i had done on my shoulder.

In brief: Continue rehab
Need to have physical therapy for several weeks.
That is what i had done on my shoulder.
Dr. Hashim Alani
Dr. Hashim Alani
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Cuff repair rehab
Tough to answer in 400 characters.
However, goal of rotator cuff repair is to get torn tendon to heal to the proximal humerus. Best results correlate with healed repair. Therefore, proceed slowly and carefully. If rehab is aggressive, risk of repair not healing. Expect 6+ month recovery.

In brief: Cuff repair rehab
Tough to answer in 400 characters.
However, goal of rotator cuff repair is to get torn tendon to heal to the proximal humerus. Best results correlate with healed repair. Therefore, proceed slowly and carefully. If rehab is aggressive, risk of repair not healing. Expect 6+ month recovery.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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