Recovery after Shoulder Rotator Cuff Surgery

Recovery after Shoulder Rotator Cuff Surgery

Health & Fitness

Severe injury or pain caused by damage to the shoulder muscles, tendons, and bones needs surgery as a permanent remedy. Regardless of the type of surgery the most difficult thing a person will have is sleeping after surgery.

The pain leads to sleepless nights, fatigue, irritability, and distraction that affects every single thing of your daily routine. The most common shoulder surgery occurred due to the injury of the rotator cuff.

What is a Rotator Cuff?

The shoulder capsule is surrounded by four tendons that help to center arm bone in the shoulder socket. This is called the Rotator cuff.  The Rotator cuff is thick tendon material that covers the head attaching it to the shoulder blade.

Due to falling on your arm tendons of the rotator cuff become pinched or tore through the surrounding bones causing extreme pain. This issue can be resolved through three techniques:

  • Arthroscopic Repair
  • Debridement
  • Open surgical repair.

To lessen the strain and pain of the shoulder and to boost up healing, there are certain tips you should consider during the post-surgery healing process.

  1. Sleeping

Sleeping is an integral part of life that affects the psychological as well as physical fitness of the person. Sleeping helps the faster recovery of the wounds. During sleeping, there is less pressure on your heart that allows the blood pressure to drop and eventually releases the hormones that slow down the breathing and relax the muscles of the body. This process reduces the inflammation and increases the healing of the wounds.

It is very hard to sleep when it comes to sleep with a shoulder injury or rotator cuff surgery. A lot of body pressure is placed on the injured shoulder during sleeping and also when you try to rise. There are certain tips to consider for somehow comfortable sleeping.

  • Always sleep in a reclined posture making an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Use Reclining chairs to ease your pain
  • Do not roll to any side. Put pillows on either side to prevent you from rolling.
  • Use a wedge pillow to sleep in the reclined position. This will serve as the best pillow for shoulder surgery. If you don’t want to buy a wedge pillow, pile up a few pillows on your back to support you.
  1. Physical therapy

Physical therapy is very important to recover the span of activity. Physical therapies prescribed by your doctor will improve inflammation and pain but it should be followed by exercising at home. The more you mobilize your shoulder the more you improve the discomfort.

  1. Use specially designed pillows

The pillows designed to be used after shoulder surgery is a must-have. There are specially designed pillows in the market to lessen the strain on the shoulder. Try to invest some money on wedge pillows or pillows that are designed to relieve shoulder pain because it will take a long time about 4 to 6 weeks to recover.

  1. Wearing a sling

Wearing a sling at the day time will help to reduce shoulder swelling. It is also important to wear it while sleeping to avoid spontaneous movement.

  1. Incision care

Keep your wounds clean and dry.  If you have a dressing over your wound change it every 2 to 3 days. Keep the dressing dry and clean. Leave the tape of the incision on for a week.

  1. Healthy diet

Eat a balanced diet that is full of nutrition to heal the wounds. Manage your diet according to your stomach condition. If your stomach is upset try eating a light diet like boil rice yogurt or boil chicken. To avoid constipation eat a high fiber diet.

  1. Proper medication

On-time medication is very important in the healing process. Take pain killers according to the prescription of your doctor. Do not overdose your medicines or it will make your stomach sick. Take the full course of antibiotics and do not stop them in the middle of the treatment.

  1. Follow up treatment

Follow-up treatment is a very essential part of the treatment. Consult your doctor immediately if you have any problem related to the movement of the hand, numbness, or unconsciousness. Do visit your doctor for follow-up treatment on the prescribed day.

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