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.
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.

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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?

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.

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

Orthopedics. Please immediately call your orthopedic surgeon for follow up and reevaluation.
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.

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?

Takes some work. Stiffness of the shoulder is a natural reaction to a rotator cuff tear. The capsule of the joint tends to shrink down and you find that you have a restricted range of motion. It is important to actually do the exercises your pt instructs you at home, not just at the office, in order to stretch the tightened capsule. A steroid injection by your doctor may be especially helpful.
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.
Likely. Most patients with a partial tear of the rotator cuff improve greatly from pt, anti-inflammatory medication, and an occasional steroid injection. If the stiffness is not improving, a frozen shoulder may have developed or the tear may have progressed depending on the physical exam. See an orthopaedic surgeon for an evaluation to help determine if progress is taking place.
It should. It is perfectly reasonable to try to rehabilitate a partial-thickness rotator cuff tear. However, it is likely that you will need more than a few weeks of therapy for the stiffness to resolve. If the stiffness persists or if your pain returns despite a few months of therapy, you may need to revisit the idea of surgery.
Stiffness. The stiffness in the shoulder may be related to an onset of capsulitis or frozen shoulder. Therapy should be directed to scapular and glenohumeral mobilizations and glides; a NSAID may be helpful and perhaps if the condition worsens or plateaus an ultrasound directed cortisone injection.
Yes and no. It is possible that your shoulder will loosen up with continued pt. Having surgery does not guarantee full rom. Often times people remain tight after surgery for months and months. If your pain is improved and function is very good then stick with nonpperative treatment. If you have plateaud and are frustrated think about surgery and talk to your surgeon. Thanks.

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.
No. No, that is not really a normal postop complaint. Just make sure your surgeon is aware.

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?

Possibly. Consult an orthopedic surgeon. A rotator cuff tear may need surgery. If you are not comfortable with your dr's recommendation, seek a second opinion.
Good candidate. Depends on the severity of the tear, but w/ the failed conservative treatment that you describe (pt & injections) I would think that you are a good candidate for surgery. While many options such as pt & injections may help relieve your symptoms, you are likely to have lifelong complications w/ a torn rotator cuff if you do not seek surgical repair. Please consult an ortho. Drmarkgalland. Com.
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.