You’ve made the decision to undergo rotator cuff repair surgery, and it’s a good decision that will restore full use of your shoulder. But the road from your surgery to the debut of your new shoulder can be a bumpy one if you’re not prepared.
Shoulder impingement is a relatively common cause of shoulder pain, especially among athletes and other physically active people. Impingement occurs when the connective tissues (muscles and tendons) inside your shoulder joint become pinched or compressed by the bones that make up the joint. Impingement can make many movements uncomfortable, and you may especially feel pain when you raise your arm above your head or put your arm behind your back.
Your surgery, of course, takes center stage when it comes to repairing a shoulder injury or chronic (long-term) condition that’s been causing you pain. But the post-surgery rehab process we design for you at Fix My Shoulder can mean the difference between healing and relapsing, or possibly even developing another painful shoulder problem following surgery.
Shoulder pain, or soreness and ailments in other joints, can severely limit your ability to participate in physical activities, in addition to causing nagging discomfort. Some serious injuries may require a standard open shoulder surgery, but many problems can instead be addressed by a less intensive form of surgery known as arthroscopy.
Shoulder pain is relatively common, especially among very active people and older men and women. With a wide range of motion, the shoulder bears a heavier burden than you might think, especially in motions and activities that involve lifting or “swinging” your arms. When most people think of shoulder injuries, they think of the rotator cuff, and it’s true, we do hear a lot more about rotator cuff injuries, especially among athletes. But labrum tears are another cause of shoulder pain, and without prompt medical treatment, your symptoms and your injury can become much worse.