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I have had a Rotor Cuff Repair and tightening of muscles two weeks ago. How long is the recovery?


Posted by Tina, 15th May 2018


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  • Good luck with the recovery!


  • I’ve heard six weeks but that may vary depending on your age.


  • Usually 6 weeks. Water therapy is of great benefits.


  • Not sure about shoulder, but my son is having a labral tear fixed in his hip. He’s been told he’ll need 6 weeks off work and 3-6 months of being careful once he returns to work


  • I do hope I do not offend you as it certainly is not my intent but I would have thought your surgeon should have told and discussed all treatment with you.
    I also have had rotor cuff surgery but the magic number with just about all surgeries seems to be : be careful, take care etc for 6 weeks. After which a follow up appointment with the surgeon is scheduled. I had to wear a sling for those 6 wks after this I had Physical therapy, Care and treatment is extremely important other wise you may develop a frozen shoulder. Full recovery can take 4-6 months. I would have a very good talk to your Dr. Take it easy as it is only early days yet and wishing you a good recovery. All the best to you.


  • Your surgeon will have the best information because a lot depends on your shoulder structure and how bad the damage was. Age also has a huge part. Complications can also arise with shoulder surgeries but I’m sure you will get there soon. Hope you are doing well so far.


  • I would suggest a specialist could provide the best answer.


  • It can take up to 6 – 8 weeks and you have to keep using the sling without using any weight. Gradually progress with slow movements as recommended by Physiotherapist.


  • I would say 3-6 months. But this is a question you should ask your surgeon / doctor.


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