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It’s estimated that U.S. surgeons perform more than 460,000 rotator cuff surgeries per year. Most people who have rotator cuff surgery can expect to feel some level of pain for at least six months after their procedure. 

Physical therapists can help you learn about factors that can affect how long you will be in pain after rotator cuff surgery. These specialists can also help you find ways to recover more effectively after your surgery. 

Three factors that can affect how long you will be in pain after rotator cuff surgery

Every patient who has surgery is different, and how long you’ll be in pain after rotator cuff surgery will be different from friends or other people who have had this surgery. Three factors that can affect how long your pain lasts are: 

Tear size — Generally, smaller rotator cuff tears can be surgically repaired more easily. This leads to less trauma, and it can affect how long your post-operative pain lasts. However, your surgery and recovery are likely to take longer if you have a larger tear. 

Surgery type — There are two main types of rotator cuff surgery: One is called open surgery. It involves the surgeon making a large incision in your shoulder. This allows them to access the area that needs repaired. 

The other type of rotator cuff procedure is arthroscopic surgery. This procedure involves the surgeon making small cuts in the skin. A small camera is inserted into one of the incisions so the surgeon can see the damaged area. Special tools are then inserted into the other incisions to perform the repair. The decreased trauma caused by arthroscopic surgery can translate into faster recovery times. 

Whether you do pre-surgical rehab — Pre-surgical rehab, or pre-hab, is a type of physical therapy. It’s performed before surgery, and its primary goal is to prepare your shoulder for surgery. Some of the ways pre-hab meets this goal include: 

  • Having you do therapeutic exercises to strengthen and stretch your shoulder. 
  • Increasing your familiarity with therapy methods you’ll be using after surgery. 
  • Decreasing post-surgical pain. 

Arrow PTR offers effective post-surgical rehab for rotator cuff surgery patients

Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers top-notch post-surgical rehab for people who have had rotator cuff surgery. Wondering how long your pain will last after your surgery? We can perform a free screening that can narrow down how long your pain could last. 

Additionally, our physical therapists are adept at creating post-surgical rehab plans designed to decrease pain as fast as possible. We can also help you get care from home thanks to our virtual therapy and at-home care services. Even more important, you can start seeing us before or after surgery if you don’t have a doctor’s referral. 

Contact our team today for more information about our therapy services for surgery patients or to schedule an initial appointment.