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Heal Your Shoulder After Rotator Cuff Surgery

Heal Your Shoulder After Rotator Cuff Surgery

Your shoulder joint consists of a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff helps hold the top of your arm bone in the socket and facilitates your shoulder's wide range of motion. However, when the muscles or tendons get torn or strained, your doctor at the Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement hospital may recommend rotator cuff surgery to repair the damage.

Usually, the arthroscopy is performed for Rotator cuff surgery. Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive technique in which the surgeon places a camera and small instruments through tiny incisions.


If you want to ensure successful results and the quickest possible recovery, you should follow these simple steps.

1. Wear your shoulder immobilizer or sling

After your procedure, your doctor will give you a sling or shoulder immobilizer to limit your arm movement. Depending on the extent of your rotator cuff injury and the type of surgery you had, there will be a length of time you wear you will wear a sling or immobilizer. Frequently, with many rotator cuff surgeries, you will have to wear a sling or immobilizer at all times for 4-6 weeks. Though you can move your hand, wrist, and fingers during this period, the arm's full-motion will still be restricted.


2. Participate in physical therapy

For your recovery progress, physical therapy is still an essential part. To increase your shoulder flexibility, strength, and range of motion as it heals, the program has specially designed exercises. While your therapists support and move your arm, the rotator cuff physical therapy will start with gentle passive exercises. When you get the doctor's approval, you can move to active shoulder exercises performed on your own. These exercises will facilitate your healing process and help you return to a normal active lifestyle more quickly.


3. Remove the pain medication as quickly as possible

Usually, the patient feels pain and discomfort after rotator cuff surgery — or just about any surgery. While you may take medicines to mask that pain and get comfort while healing, but you may not discover the full extent of your pain during physical therapy. Sometimes, this reduced sensation will result in overdoing your activity and unintentionally set your recovery back.

At hip replacement surgery in Delhi, the orthopaedic doctors will help you eliminate painkillers after surgery. They will assess your recovery after that, and you can adjust your physical activity as needed.


4. Avoid putting your arms and shoulders at odd angles

If you proceed to function your arm or shoulder regularly, then certain types of movements may interfere with your healing. Some of the movements include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Reaching behind your body with your arms
  • Raising your arm overhead
  • Moving your shoulders or arm to the side

The doctor may also advise you to avoid certain arm positions while sleeping so that no pressure is put on your shoulder. Some of these movements may include, such as lying flat on your back or the affected side.


5. Don't rush your recovery

Even if you feel good, always listen to your doctor's advice and follow their recommendation after rotator cuff surgery. No matter how you may feel, or there is little feeling of pain, reduce those activities that put a strain on your shoulder and may significantly increase your risk of re-injury. If you resume activities before healing your shoulder completely, it may cause straining other parts of your body like your elbow and spine.

If you want to know more about rotator cuff surgery and ways to ensure a fast recovery, call Vimhans Nayati hospital- the best Orthopaedics and knee replacement hospital in Delhi.

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