for impingement and rotators cuff surgery differ slightly.
Post-surgical care for impingement and rotator cuff
tears are similar. General care recommendations include:
Impingement rehabilitation begins almost immediately:
Rotator cuff recovery is generally
slower and requires more supervision. In order to achieve a full
and rapid recovery, surgery should be performed as soon as the patient
has full range of motion and has gained good muscle strength from
a physical therapy program started when the injury is first detected.
After surgery, the patient follows a closely monitored program:
Exercises to regain
shoulder motion usually begin with a therapist in the first week
after surgery and continue for about 6 weeks.
At 6 weeks, most
patients have regained full motion and will continue to regain strength
with a home exercise program.
Full recovery time after surgery
varies; most patients have greatly improved at 3 months and are
close to normal by 6 months.
- Therapy is carefully controlled in the first 6 - 12 weeks while
the tendons heal back to the bone.
- The first goal is to regain
full motion within 3 months after surgery. A therapist will assist
in the early stages with gradual recovery of motion.
- During the first 6 weeks, there is no active use of the shoulder
in order to protect the surgical repair.
- Once initial healing is achieved, a progressive stretching
and strengthening program should begin.
- Full recovery can take more than 6 months. Some patients may
require more time to regain muscle strength and complete the healing