Torn Rotator Cuff Recovery

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    Jan 21, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    I recently had surgery to repair the supraspinatus in my right rotator cuff. It was a full thickness tear. Has anyone here had this type of injury?

    I would be very interested to hear how long the recovery time was to get back to lifting weights.

  • binks11

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    Feb 13, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    For the first 3 weeks you can't perform movements initiated by the supraspinatus muscle (lifting the shoulder forward and out to the side).

    Weeks 3-6 you can begin to regain your shoulder range of motion with stretches. It's also important to start scap stabilization exercises here (shoulder shrugs and retraction)

    Weeks 6-8 out you should expect to be performing shoulder rotation and scaption exercises with a progressive increase in resistance. Don't stop training your lower/mid trap, rhomboids, and serratus here.

    Weeks 10-12 you should have full ROM back and can consider a (progressive) return to your regimen. This last step is variable depending on your surgeon and rehab. A 12 week full recovery in one patient could be a 24 week full recovery in another.