A torn rotator cuff is an injury that occurs when the ligaments that connect the shoulder to the arm are partially or completely torn off of the humerus.
One of the biggest and most common signs of a torn rotator cuff is an obvious decrease in the function and movement of the arm and shoulder. Severe pain, swelling, and bruising may also occur following such an injury. Always go to a doctor anytime you have any pain your extremities.
Pain after surgery can decrease with medications prescribed by the doctor. The arm will be protected using a sling for a prearranged period of time. Physical therapy following surgery is critical to an effective recovery. A rehabilitation program can include the following:
Most rotator cuff repair surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. This means that recovery is 3-4 hours following surgery. In terms of full recovery, that takes anywhere from 4-6 months before vigorous shoulder activity is allowed. Patients are discharged home with an arm sling that is used to keep the arm as immobile as possible. Physical therapy starts within a couple of weeks. The sling is kept in place for up to 6 weeks. Many patients complain of a stiff shoulder following rotator cuff repair. It is important that it takes approximately 4-6 months for your shoulder to fully recover.