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Rotator cuff injuries and tears are a common shoulder problem encountered by people. Most common in the 5th and 6th decades of life, many rotator cuff tears require surgery. After the patient has surgery, they are usually sent for physical therapy. Therapy is often a long and slow process, as care must be taken during the early phase to allow healing, to prevent stress and strain on the surgical repair, and prevent re-tears. Depending on the amount of repair performed by the surgeon, full recovery can easily span 6-9 months, possibly up to a year. Leaning on your PT to guide you through this process is critical to recovering function and quality of life.
David Ravnikar, PT, DPT, OCS