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So you are planning on having rotator cuff surgery? You may consider following up with a physical therapist to help you heal post-surgery. A physical therapist can guide you through exercises to help you regain strength and muscle movement safely. Physical therapy can assist in decreasing your pain while improving your mobility and healing time.

Typically after a rotator cuff surgery, you will need several weeks to heal. The surgeon will most likely restrict your arm movements after the surgery, with the arm being held closely in a sling. A physical therapist will gently help you begin to move your arm safely while slowly incorporating strengthening exercises. They will monitor your pain level, range of motion, and overall shoulder function. Regular exercises to restore movement and flexibility to your shoulder and a gradual return to your everyday activities are essential for your full recovery after shoulder surgery.

Many patients have difficulty post-surgery in these areas, and a physical therapist can assist you with coping strategies:

  • Finding a comfortable sleeping position
  • Daily tasks like dressing yourself and bathing
  • Returning to a desk job and beginning typing again
  • How and when is it safe to lift items again
  • Returning to driving

ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute therapists will work with your physician to design a customized program to help you regain mobility, strength, and fitness. Communication between your physical therapist and surgeon is key to your healing. We will make every attempt to make your rehabilitation as pain-free as we can and get you back to your regular activities as quickly and safely as possible.

ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute was founded on the principles of high ethical standards, integrity, honesty, and professionalism. When you step inside one of their eight convenient locations in the Washington Metro area, your goal becomes theirs: returning you to your normal lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.

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