After rotator cuff surgery, most people return to their favorite activities and sports. However, surgery won’t prevent future shoulder injuries.
You can protect your shoulder and avoid future problems by:
- Practicing good posture
- Carrying heavy objects close to your body
- Sleeping on the opposite side to avoid pressure on your shoulder
- Strengthening your shoulder muscles with recommended exercises
- Using proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects
Additionally, some rotator cuff tears will not fully heal. Unsatisfactory results may happen because:
- The rotator cuff was weak or torn before it was injured
- The rotator cuff muscles are severely weakened
- You do not follow post-surgical instructions
- You are over age 65 or smoke
- The tear was large
In general, rotator cuff repair is a successful surgery in that it relieves shoulder pain. Closely following post-operative instructions will help you keep your shoulder strong and healthy and avoid reinjury.
The information contained in this article is meant for educational purposes only and should not replace advice from your healthcare provider.