Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery and Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Posted by on 3/26/2017 to Rotator Cuff Tear & Injury
Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery and Post-Operative Rehabilitation
If you have exhausted all forms conservative treatments, resting, cold compression therapy, physical therapy. And, you still find yourself in pain as well as limited use of your shoulder for daily activities. You and your doctor may decided to move forward and have you under go surgery. Beginning the next chapter of your shoulder recovery, as surgery is not the end of your journey. Your rehabilitation efforts will have an important impact on how soon you can return to living and enjoying your normal daily life.

If you have undergone surgery on your rotator cuff injury then your physician will quickly get you on the path to rehabilitation. Now, your desire have your shoulder back to normal, will greatly depend on your rehabilitation efforts. Your injury's ability to heal will depend on a variety of factors including (but not limited to):

  • your age, overall health and activity level
  • the state of your injury before surgery (severe injuries like a tendon rupture, open wound, bone damage or fracture will require more intense surgery)
  • the type of surgery you have undergone
  • how soon you must return to normal activity

No two rehabilitation plans are alike - The less invasive your surgery is, the quicker your road to recovery will be.

The goal of a rehabilitation plan is to manage pain and swelling while improving function, strength, and range of motion. Ultimately, you will regain strength in your shoulder and rotator cuff tendons to be able to use your shoulder normally and return to full activity. You will most likely spend a lot of time with a physical therapist after your surgery, but as your healing progresses, emphasis will be placed on your personal at home treatment. The success of your rehabilitation will depend on your dedication to working with your doctor and physical therapist while also managing your recovery on a daily basis at home.

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