If you have a torn rotator cuff tendon you may have shoulder pain, weakness or limited movement. Your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend surgery to repair this torn rotator cuff. One of the biggest questions you may have is what the recovery time is and when you can return to work or leisure activities.

In this guide, you’ll learn about the rotator cuff, the surgical process, how long you’ll be away from work and sports, and what to expect for the first 6 months after a rotator cuff repair.

The rotator cuff and shoulder joint

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Rotator cuff tears and disease are very common. They often result from ageing and wear and tear. They can also occur as a result of a fall or sporting injury. Impingement of the front of the scapula (acromion), where bone rubs into the tendon is believed to be a major cause of cuff tears in individuals older than 40 years of age.

The rotator cuff is important in stabilising the shoulder joint, enabling shoulder movement, and giving the shoulder and arm power and strength. Four muscles and their tendons constitute the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff attaches the humerus to the shoulder blade and helps to lift and rotate your arm.

Subscapularis is the muscle at the front of the shoulder which helps rotate the arm inwards. Over the top of the shoulder are supraspinatus and infraspinatus, which help elevate or lift the arm. Teres minor is the muscle at the back of the shoulder, which helps rotate the arm outwards.

There is a lubricating sac called a bursa between the rotator cuff and the bone on top of your shoulder (acromion). The bursa allows the rotator cuff tendons to glide freely when you move your arm. When the rotator cuff tendons are damaged or injured, the bursa can become inflamed and painful.

Rotator cuff tear symptoms

Sometimes the shoulder can compensate in the setting of a torn rotator cuff from wear and tear by using the other intact tendons and muscles. This is why we try pain relief, physiotherapy and exercises in the first instance when it’s a long-standing condition.

Unfortunately, some shoulders cannot compensate for the tears and remain painful, weak, and have poor movement despite these non-operative treatments. Shoulder pain at night is worse, especially when you lie on this affected side. This is when surgical rotator cuff repair is contemplated.

Rotator cuff tendon tears cannot heal themselves once they become full thickness or complete tears and require surgical reattachment of the tendon to bone.

When the tear is a result of a new injury or fall, surgical repair results in the best long-term function so this is often recommended by your surgeon as first line treatment. Treating a rotator injury with exercises and pain relief will still leave the shoulder painful and dysfunctional in the long term.

Early repair means that the tendon can be re-attached accurately before the tendon shortens, moves into the wrong place or the muscle becomes replaced by fat.

Rotator cuff tear surgery

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Surgical repair of torn rotator cuff tendons helps alleviate pain and restore shoulder movement and strength.

This surgery is done as a day procedure. Being prepared for the day of the surgery and what to expect can by read in my rotator cuff surgery recovery tips guide.

The surgery is performed with a general anaesthetic, however before you are put to sleep, the anaesthetic specialist will perform a nerve block that numbs the entire arm.

This is performed by finding the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm with an ultrasound machine and introducing local anaesthetic around the nerves using a small needle. This means that you require less medications during your anaesthetic to combat pain, which means waking up less nauseous and groggy.

The shoulder should be pain free for a period afterwards. As the block wears off and some pain develops in the shoulder, we can manage this comfortably with tablets. It is common to require some pain relief for about a week after surgery.

Keyhole surgery technique

The surgery itself can be performed using keyhole and minimally invasive techniques. This avoids larger cuts that could potentially cause more pain, infection or delays in shoulder rehabilitation and return to activities. With these keyhole incisions, the tendon is reattached to the bone using anchors and stitches with the help of special arthroscopic instruments.

The aim is to reattach the tendon securely to assist in quicker healing and rehabilitation. Using these advanced techniques, the tendon is secured to bone and tested to ensure that movement and exercises can start promptly.

During the surgery, the inflamed tissue above the rotator cuff tendons which is called bursa is removed. The bursa is a normal structure in the shoulder which helps lubricate the joint and assists in buffering between the bone and rotator cuff tendons. This bursa often is aggravated in shoulder disease and becomes inflamed and painful. Using a special instrument, the bursa is removed using these same keyhole incisions.

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The bone above the bursa is also resected to clear the space where the shoulder tendon moves during shoulder movement. This bone can form a spur which digs into and can cause rotator cuff tears itself. The entire shoulder and all its structures will be examined at the time of surgery via the arthroscope to ensure nothing else is affected.

The keyhole surgical cuts are closed with dissolving stitches and covered with small waterproof dressings. This means that you can shower, wash, and bathe as normal immediately after the surgery. The dressings are left intact for two weeks so the small wounds can heal. At the two-week review with your surgeon, the dressings are removed and there is no need for removal of stitches.

You will spend the first 4 weeks after surgery in a sling.

You can take off the sling when resting, showering and doing exercises involved in your rehabilitation. One of our physiotherapists will see you before your discharge to teach you the exercises you need to perform immediately to start the rehabilitation of your shoulder.

After rotator cuff surgery

After rotator cuff repair is performed you will leave the hospital on the same day. Your shoulder should be numb and pain free and you will be in a sling.

You should start taking tablets for pain relief later that day, before the shoulder block wears off. So, when some feeling returns in the shoulder, the pain should be manageable and you should remain comfortable.

Rotator cuff tears can cause difficulties with sleeping because of pain. After surgery to repair the tear and clean out the shoulder, your pain will settle down and should improve to give you a good night’s rest. The pain is often worsened as a result of the inflamed bursa and will settle down after its removal during the operation.

Depending on your job responsibilities, your surgeon will discuss with you on a timeline to return to work. You are more likely to return to work faster at a desk job than a job that requires physical labor that involves lifting.

Week 4

Your arm will remain in a sling for 4 weeks but you can take it off to do exercises, shower, and when resting at home. You cannot drive a car for the first 4 weeks at a minimum.

Week 6

After the first 4 weeks, you need to be comfortable enough, have adequate movement, and some strength before you can return to driving, which usually takes about 6 weeks.

Rehabilitation

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You’ll need rehab after rotator cuff surgery. This will start at 1 to 4 weeks and lasts 4 to 6 months. You cannot drive a car for 6 weeks, and it may take 4 weeks to return to work if you have a desk job. If you have to lift at work, you’ll need to wait at least 3 months.

Rehabilitation plays a vital role in getting you back to you daily activities. A physical therapy program will help you regain your shoulder motion and strength.

Phase 1: 0-4 weeks

The goals here are to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Protect the surgical repair of the tendon
  • Optimize tissue healing
  • Maintain and regain range of motion
  • Minimise muscle inhibition

During this phase, the physiotherapists will teach you to move your shoulder passively up to shoulder height (90 degrees) and rotate outwards to 20 degrees. With passive exercises, your therapist will teach you how to support your arm whilst moving it to these limits. At this time, some basic and gentle shoulder strengthening exercises should be done.

You should perform these exercises a few times per day, out of the sling. These exercises should be within comfort levels and prevent the shoulder from becoming stiff, whilst still protecting the repaired tendon.

Phase 2: 4-8 weeks

The goals during this phase include:

  • Discard the use of the sling
  • Preserve the integrity of the rotator cuff repair
  • Restore functional range of movement including full elevation
  • Re-educate cuff recruitment and scapular control during range of movement
  • Re-educate sensorimotor/proprioceptive function

During this phase, exercises are focused on improving your range of movement, introducing active movements where the muscle and tendon are activated whilst teaching your tendon and muscle to regain strength and function. Hydrotherapy (water exercise program) is highly encouraged during this phase.

Phase 3: 8 weeks onwards

The goals during this phase include:

  • Restore full range of movement
  • Establish optimal neuromuscular control of shoulder girdle musculature
  • Restore optimal cuff and scapular control through range and under load
  • Optimise function specific power, strength and endurance
  • Transference movement pattern correction and cuff/scapula control to functional tasks
  • Return to work, sports and recreational activities

By 8 weeks the tendon healing is strong enough to allow more movement and strength exercises. It is during this extended phase that full active movement is achieved and shoulder power and strength can be attained.

More importantly, once you have enough strength and movement you can return to physical movement at your job, sporting, and recreational activities.

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4 – 6 Months

The full result from rehabilitation often takes between 4 to 6 months after surgery to achieve end range strength, power, and endurance. These final stages are important to achieve to ensure that you don’t suffer these injuries into the future. Although it is a slow process, your commitment to rotator cuff rehab is key to a successful outcome.

55 Comments

  • Andre says:

    I have had two tendons attached to the bone and after 4 weeks I am in intense pain is this normal

  • You should not be in intense pain at this stage after a shoulder rotator cuff repair. I would suggest seeing your shoulder surgeon for a review.

  • Frank says:

    I had a full tear of my susprenadus and when I read the post op report I found out that they tried to do it orthroscopically but the tendon had retracted and healed 6 inches inside they had to open me up, remove a ligament , two bones were shortened and the bursa sack and deltoid had to be moved out of the way during surgery. When I woke up I was shocked at what had been done. I had to sleep in a recliner for 4 weeks, use an ice machine, and lost all mobility. I was 235 pounds and a bodybuilder so it was all muscle. Before surgery I was still training and in great shape. Now at 8 weeks Im only allowed just a few theraband activities, but nothing to regain my legs or other unaffected body parts. I do everything im shown in therapy at my home 2x a day and want to accelerate my reconstructioning. I have used BPC157 and TB500 since the day after surgery and know they worked. I keep explaining that I need more than the average couch potatoe to get me back in gear but Im being treated as the average patient, not a 235 pound knowledgeable bodybuilder. Is there anything I can do to mess up my healing that I should avoid? Ive started to add more to my PT routine such as very light deltoid exercises and some triceps movements. I feel that I should do more that just what is given to me for my rotator cuff. Im pain free but lost 30 pounds and thats very upsetting. I just want to get myself going faster. Next week is week 9. Any suggestions or warnings?

  • Fiona Burns says:

    I am in child care and had the rotate cuff operation, most of the information I have seen says people can return to work after 6 weeks I work in child care and have been off for 3 months, can you tell me what the usual time to go back to work in this field would be as I deal with babies to age 4 children

  • I would avoid repetitive activities at or above shoulder level until the 3 month mark after surgery. Light lifting from 3 months and avoid anything heavy until 6 months. It would also depend on your comfort, range of movement and cuff power which is best assessed by your surgeon during your recovery process. Good luck!

  • Wow, it sounds like a massive tear that was hard to fix and what an ordeal for you! The main thing is that the tendon needs to be well fixed and heal and you should recover well. Recovery is in steps – at the 9 week mark my objectives would be to work on active assisted and active range of movement. Once you have a good range of shoulder movement, I would start introducing strengthening exercises. The key is to be patient and allow the tendon to have enough healing to bone before stressing the tendon repair with strengthening and resistive exercises. Good luck with your rehab.

  • Michelle says:

    I had a complete tear, small. I am 9 weeks post op. My scapula is winged, i have very little range of motion, intense pain when trying to move my arm, and my physical therapist believes there’s something wrong with my nerves. Have you seen this before?i had no issues with my nerves or scapula before surgery.

  • Nerve damage after shoulder rotator cuff surgery is uncommon. Especially when it involves the nerves that supply muscles that control your scapula as these nerves are away from the shoulder itself. However, you should probably get an assessment from your surgeon to ensure that nerves itself are not damaged.

    Scapula control is key in your rehab process and dysmobility can cause significant shoulder problems – stiffness, pain and weakness. Once your surgeon has confirmed that nerves aren’t damaged, seeing an experienced therapist to re-train your scapula and its muscles will be the first step in improving your shoulder function.

    Best of luck.

  • Lisa Radulovich says:

    Just a comment about my recoveryFrom rotator cuff surgery. I am dictating this because I cannot type.I’m in week six of recovery and it has been horrible.Terribly, terribly painfulAnd very little mobility. I am taking physical therapy nice and slowAnd I know I’m behindAnd I don’t know quite what the problem is. I told my doctor and my physical therapist that a lot of my painWas at the base of my neck and across my shoulders. Unfortunately, I have tendinitis in my nonsurgical shoulderAnd in compensating, I have made it worse so both my shoulders are very painful. Luckily, my physical therapist saidThat I was so tight and had so many knots and in my neck that we needed to take care of that first before working on my arm.So for a week I have been getting several massagesAnd muscle relaxantsAnd I have to say that it has made a difference in the pain.So if you have a lot of strain and stress and pain radiating down from your neckDown your back and shouldersJust get a goodHard tolerable massageEvery few days as much as you canAnd it will help.

  • Peter says:

    Hi there I gust had a rotar cuff repair and limkments repair on my left shoulder I am a truck tyre fitter on the road truck tyres are around 50 to 60 klgs how long be for I can go back to work fitting truck tyres thanks

  • Lifting such heavy weight will not be advised until about the 12-month mark after your operation. It takes a long time for your rotator cuff to heal sufficiently to afford the strength involved in lifting this amount of weight.

  • Sounds like to lot of deal with. Good luck with your recovery.

  • Gary says:

    It’s been six weeks postop doing exercises is it normal for pain after exercises or am I going to art what do you think I should do

  • Deanne says:

    I had six tears and I rotator cuff. And that chunk of my collarbone removed because it was hitting my rotator cuff work wants me to get back to work. Is that normal can I get disability since I didn’t do it at work?

  • Andre Skrabut says:

    I did but he said it is normal and that i have to perform the exercises everyday for the next six weeks and it feels like i got stiff shoulder or frozen shoulder because i cant move my shoulder out because of the massive operation and they dont want ro disturb it

  • Amr Osama Mustafa says:

    My inquiry is regarding the sling taking off after 6 weeks.
    What are the motions allowed and not allowed when the sling is taken off?

  • Dave Littlefield says:

    3 years ago I had rotator cup surgery to my right shoulder to repair 3 tears. After all this time I am still in pain and do not have the strength that I should have (I can’t pour a glass of milk with my right hand). I also tore 2 ligaments (or tendons ) to my right bicep which the doctor attached to the bone with a screw. The doctor that did the surgery could not answer any questions as to why this was continuing to be a problem. Every time I asked a question all I would get was “I don’t know”. I went to a different doctor and he removed about 2″ of my collar bone. I have execlent movement but still have pain and lack strength. My dominant hand is the right one. I can’t even drive a car without shoulder pain (for more than a 1/4 mile). Any ideas what I should do (I told the second doctor to just cut off my arm, I am tired of this. I was told that I would only be off work for 6 months and it has almost been 36.

  • Tom Charlton says:

    ,i had shoulder surgery 9 wks ago!my ques.to u is= why do i have just as much discomfort and pain as i did the first 4 wks?i do my exercises daily 3 times a day and i still have pain and the exercises aren t getting any easier!i m 63 yrs old and pretty gd shape.is this normal ?worried and impatient!

  • Martin, H says:

    Hi,I got rotator Cuff surgery (not open) and the sugern told me he could not get it and with nothing else planed how will I recover.
    Can therapy still help.Also after surgery my pain and lack of movement went right back to how it was right after the injury.

  • andre wolmarans says:

    In January 2018 I torn rotator cuff musckes. I only let it get fixed in 6July 2018. Surgent told me that he could only fixed 1 muscle due to that others pulled back to far and torn is severe. Its 6 months now and limmited movement in shoulder.

  • Michele says:

    I had rotator cuff surgery 7 weeks ago and I am in a lot of pain after I do my exercises 3 times a day. My physio says this is normal and that I should maintain my medication for pain management.
    I too thought I would be ok by now but apparently pain at this stage is still normal. I am 56 and lead a pretty active life.

  • Peter says:

    Hi there I had a rotary cuff dinner be on the first off November last year I am a truck tyre fitter how long be for I can go back to fitting truck tyres had 3 tourn tends on my left shoulder and rotar cuff at same time and still a bit off pain there now my right shoulder paining same spot on right side

  • Brenda Hageman says:

    So I had a rotator cuff repair on June 11 2018. It was a massive tear n developed adhesive capsulitis ended up having a rotator cuff revision surgery on Dec 27 2018. Just as bad as the first. What are my chances of regaining strength n being able to lift my arm overhead???

  • Dan says:

    Just something on the pain meds. I had rotator cuff repair six weeks ago. I’m doing fine. The first few days were discomforting, but more like an ache right where the shoulder hinges and bends. I, and I’m sure most of you, can handle an ache. On the third day sleeping at night, it was really uncomfortable. I was sure that I would need the pain meds, but it finally subsided. Eighty percent of what I researched online, what the doctors told me, were inaccurate about the post-operative pain. I self-managed the pain on my own without taking any of the Norco. Keep that sling for a minimum of six weeks. I’m keeping mine on for seven.

  • I am 4 months out of surgery for a complete tear of my rotator cuff and to add injury to insult it’s my dominant right arm. Sleep was impossible for the first 6 weeks. I ‘m doing PT twice a week and home exercises every day. My issue is my range of lifting my arm has not improved much,only to eye height and still is quite painful making certain moves. I am 61 years old and contemplating retirement on 62nd birthday on 11/25/2019. The surgeon said before operation prognosis was good because surrounding tissue was good and no bicep detachment. I do physical labor for public works ie. over head sign work and pushing a paint machine for road markings. My question is my age and the fact it was a complete tear requiring open surgery going to prolong me being able to perform these work duties and what kinda time frame would you estimate with me being at 4 months with still pain and only range to neck level. Again is my age and severity of injury going to prolong this,I am getting discouraged and worried about quality of life when I do retire!! Fisherman and motorcycle rider!!!

  • Peter says:

    I had surgery two weeks ago and don’t see my specialist again for another 4 weeks. Do I need to keep the sling on 24 hours a day and are there any minor movements that I should be doing to keep the shoulder from getting stiff. I live alone and out of town so things like driving, shopping and house keeping are a problem.

  • Frank says:

    Hi just had full rota cuff repair on my left shoulder, complete tear they reattach tendon cleaned out the bursa. I wasn’t given any nerve block woke up in excruciating pain, at day 10 I’m sleeping better still very painful in the mornings, my elbow joint very sore. being a painter how long before I can do light work.

  • Thomas Marino says:

    I am having arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a full thickness tear in my rotator cuff. I work security at a private school. What time frame is suggested for me to return to work? Thank you.

  • Patricia Anderson says:

    I had calcific tentanitus so had rotator cuff surgery on Nov 13th 2018. He did partial thickness rotator cuff repair after he scraped out the calcification. It’s 4 mos post op. The pain is horrible I can’t lift my arm it’s stabbing aching and depressing. I just had MRI showed no new tear. And nerve conduction test was normal! Going to pain management dr today. Been in and out of p.t for 3 mos. What could be wrong?

  • Vicky Adams says:

    Recoveries like yours are rare. So please don’t let people think this is the norm. I am 8 weeks post op with bicep repair also. I’m 66 years old and this is the most painful thing I have ever gone through.

  • Tatiana says:

    Yes you need to keep in the sling and take off when shower or in PT
    I

  • Thomas Marino says:

    I had rotator cuff surgery on 3/21/19 and the following was performed: reattach large tear of rotator cuff with anchors, remove bone spurs and reattach torn bicep. I work security at a private school and was inquiring as to the timeframe for returning to work. Thank You.

  • Sandro Terenxio says:

    I recently had my rotator cuff and biceps tear repaired on February.
    I’m in the produce retail business I do a lot of heavy lifting and pushing and pulling when can I go back to work and also I go to physio 3 times a week I was told not to do any excersisis at home and that I should give it at least 1 day rest in between therapy is that true or should I be doing the excercises at home also

  • Jennifer says:

    I am supposed to have a surgery to remove calcium deposit in my rotator cuff, your comment is making me scared. Have you gotten better?

  • Suzanne says:

    Hey Vicky, not sure when you had your surgery. I had my massive rotator cuff tear and bicep tear surgery April 5, 2019. 3 weeks in, most painful thing I have been through also, and I’m 67!
    Even though I have a desk job, driving and getting dressed and ready is the part that I think will keep me home longer.
    If you get this, let me know how you finally did and how you feel now. Thanks.

  • Alana says:

    I just had surgery 2 weeks ago. I am wondering how long the interior stitches last before being absorbed/dissolved. I put on a t-shirt and unintentionally moved my injured arm a tiny bit but there was a brief sharp pain in the shoulder and still have pain 12 hours later (having slept for 6 of those hours). I’m just a bit paranoid and want to make sure I haven’t caused any irreparable damage. Thanks!

  • Mary ayliffe says:

    I had a rotar cuff surgury 2 large tear and why is mu fingers and wrist swallen painfull 6 week post up.going to phsio he doing passive excercise i am still doing pendulam excercise he will be giving me new excercise

  • Margaret Thompson says:

    I am in my 15th week from rotator cuff and bicep tear surgery. I am in a lot of pain no sleep,I also have a swollen hand 2 weeks after the surgery. My surgeon says I have to wait another 2 week for an exploratory ingection. I am at my wits end I have not been able to use my right hand for 12 weeks not to mention the pain.

  • Laurence Wheeler says:

    How are you doing? I had the same on my left shoulder 3/26/19. I kept the sling on 8 weeks. Range of motion not good.

  • barrie says:

    i tend to agree with you
    repair done two weeks ago ,hospital overnight
    havnt needed meds at all. have three holes from arthroscopic surgery
    reading most comments it seems im one of the lucky ones

  • Rhonda says:

    I had rotar cuff surgery April 9th 2019…it has been 7 weeks. I am on a roller coaster of pain. Went back to work a week ago and 4 therapy sessions.. sometimes pain is manageable other times can not focus. Sleeping at night is frustrating. Look forward to being back on the court, driving, going to the restroom and dressing without pain. Stay positive

  • Penny Westmoreland says:

    I have 2 tears in my rotor cuff and bulging disk at my C-5 and C-6. I have been told my NP that no doctor will repair my shoulder until I get my pain under control with my spinal cord because it will effect my shoulder surgery . I this true ?

  • Kimberly Keel says:

    I’m 3 weeks post surgery. It was starting to feel a little bit better and then I started doing physical therapy for 2 days and now I’m in god-awful horrific pain all over again I wonder if I re tore it I don’t know but this time it’s in the middle of my arm the pain and it’s throbbing but I had this surgery 5 years ago on my other shoulder and that one was the most horrific thing I’ve experienced in my whole life nine months later I had to get it again because it froze it was horrific

  • Pam Rose says:

    I had rotator cuff surgery on 4/25/19. The dr reattached my biceps tendon and cleaned up the rotator cuff. I went back to work on 6/5/19, light duty. I am a nurse so light duty means sitting at a desk answering calls. This doesn’t sound like a bad job but it has my shoulder so irritated and now hurts almost constantly. The PT even says that the range of motion has decreased since going back to work. Is it possible that I was sent back to work too soon?

  • Whitey says:

    G’day
    I have had three operations on my shoulder now. First one was a slap tear with supraspinatus and bicep tendon repair. That was very painful 6 to 9 months and then I had impingement so I went they went back in for a second operation had subcromial depression with biceps tear and supraspinatus tear again that I had reinjured , took six months to heal but after nine months still was in pain so they went in for the third operation and I had a distal clavicle excision and They has missed the tear in my subscapularas which was causing mybicep tendon to slip over and was causing trouble so they anchored my bicep tendon and repaired my subscapularis. I’m still in pain 12 weeks after surgery. I’m still very sore in the AC joint after they cut 12 millimeters off my collarbone which is clavicle, I’m just wondering if it ever is gonna come good. Frustrating

  • DEBBIE WESTMORELAND says:

    I had a partial tear of the rotator cuff repaired and a retracted bicep repaired on 4/25/19. I wore a sling for 6 full weeks, 24/7. Started PT approximately 1 1/2 weeks post op. I had rotator cuff repair in my other shoulder twice 3 years ago-long story. This one has been HORRIBLE. I have the best of the best orthopedic surgeons and he has done all of my shoulder work for over 10 years. There is still pain at the clavicle and moderate to severe pain in the bicep from the top of the arm all the way down to my hand. I finally went back to surgeon (before my scheduled followup) and asked for another MRI. MRI shows that rotator cuff is healing better than expected at this time. Anchor still shows in tact on bicep. Doc explained that it was just a lot of inflammation and could be my body’s way of dealing with the healing?? I don’t know but I have had ENOUGH of this pain. Still doing PT and have had to back off some to try to control pain. I just started acupuncture as I am desperate for relief. I am going every day or every other day and praying this helps. I am also using a TENS unit and ice/heat and taking Ibuprofen all day/every day. Is this pattern and length of pain “normal”? What else can I do?
    Thanks for any input.

  • Jackii Mudge says:

    I had full thickness small supraspinatus tear, clavicle resection and acromium decompression on 4/4/19 -I still get pain which I think is inflammatory-Not the excruciating post surgical type-Shoulder in adduction sling for 6 weeks aggravated arthritis and slowing down rom recovery-Any other athletes out there (I am first and foremost a climber) experience a similar predicament?

  • Dennis Sousa says:

    I had 2 tears and one detached tendon and a tear in my bicep. I am at eight weeks post surgery.
    I have been in physical therapy once a week.
    My question is when would I be able to resume my basketball officiating and riding my horse in 50 mile racing ?

  • Tasneem says:

    I was diagnosed with calcific tendonitis in my right shoulder 2 yrs ago and had to resort to an arthroscopic surgery 19 days ago. Tendonitis was taken care of but calcium was not cleaned as it was too deep within the tendons. I was put onto physio within 6 days post surgery and I stopped wearing a sling, however I’m now experiencing intense pain episodes in the muscle area surrounding my shoulder with the frequency increased since last 5 days. Is this supposed to be normal? as I seem to have underestimated the recovery process..

  • CArolyn Kabler says:

    I had rotator cuff surgery 4 months ago. I have done 8 weeks of therapy ( 3x week) and do my exercises at home on the other days. I don’t have any pain during the days, but I wake up several times a night with bad pain. My therapy never bothered me any of the times I was there. Maybe a little stiffness but nothing major. But the pain is unbearable at night and seems to get worse each night. My dr thinks I may have frozen shoulder , and Ive tried so hard to avoid that. He gave me a cortisone shot and said to stop therapy and rest for 4 weeks. But to continue my stretching each day. Do you think surgery is going to be needed? And how do I know if it’s a frozen shoulder, a retear or just inflammation? Thank you.

  • Lynn says:

    Having read most of the posts I am beginning to wonder if I should even go through surgery!! I have constant pain which is excruciating at night. I have a bone spur I think on the underside of the bursa. I also get shooting pains down my arm from time to time. My sleep is constantly interrupted. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel or should I expect lifelong pain even after surgery?

  • Lynn K. says:

    My rotator cuff tear and acromian bone spur was diagnosed about 6 months ago. My condition may have deteriorated since then. The pain is debilitating and on top of that my right knee needs to be replaced!! Does therapy also include occupational therapy as well? It is my dominant shoulder and I haven’t a clue about how to do even the most basic things such as toileting. I am very pessimistic about being able to do things while strapped in with a sling.

  • Margaret thompson says:

    Margaret
    I am in my 31st week I have a frozen shoulder and horrendous pain. I am taking all the medicine I am allowed co-codamol and ibuprofen every day and night. I try to do my exercises but find them to painful. I have lost my appetite and have gone down to 6 st 7 lbs. my doctor has told me that I have high stress levels and I have P. T S D and gave me more pills.i am thinking of getting a 2nd opinion. I am 72 and time is ticking.

  • Sonya says:

    Hi Michelle!
    I had two rotator cuff repairs on my left shoulder. I am also having severe nerve pain and tingling sensations radiating down my arm into my hand. It seems funny that alot of people complain of these symptoms and the doctors keep saying it’s not a result of the surgery. I had no symptoms before.

  • Sourabh says:

    I had supraspinatus tendon surgery and I work as loco pilot where requires lifting weighty bag and also reqire to carry own body weight to climb on engine. I want to know after how many weeks I can return to my work. My doctor said that it possible after 9 months. I want to know actual time.

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