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Rotator Cuff Repair Rehabilitation

By Steven Meier

When any one of ligaments or tendons that keep the shoulder stable and secure in the shoulder joint is torn or injured, it will usually lead to pain, limited movement, and decreased range of motion of the arm. This group of tendons and ligaments is known as the rotator cuff, and injuries frequently occur as the result of repetitive overuse movements, such as when playing certain sports. It can also be the result of normal wear and tear on the shoulder joint over time.

Rotator Cuff Repair Rehabilitation

Shoulder injuries are treated by an orthopedic specialist, who will determine whether the patient has suffered a partial or complete tear of a tendon, and then devise an appropriate rotator cuff repair rehabilitation plan. Depending on the degree of the tear, it will often require surgery to repair and reconstruct the tendons. The goal is to improve shoulder strength and movement after an injury and to try to limit further injury to the shoulder joint down the line.

If surgery is deemed necessary for a tear that is unlikely to heal on its own with rest, ice, compression, or physical therapy, patients can expect to begin physical therapy and strengthening exercises for the shoulder almost immediately after surgery. Doctors will prescribe pain medication if necessary, and the shoulder is usually kept immobile with the aid of a sling for a determined amount of time to control movement and prevent re-injury.

Physical therapy usually begins within a day or two of the surgery, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation, with light and conservative range of motion exercises aided by a physical therapist or machine to get the arm moving again. Within 6 to 8 weeks, more active exercises and stretching will be introduced.

Next, read more about Rotator Cuff Tear Repair.


Dr. Steven Meier
Steven Meier

Dr. Steven Meier is a renowned board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in regenerative sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Meier believes in treating each patient individually according to their needs.


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