How Long Does It Take to Recover?
Recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery progresses in a few different stages. The early postoperative time is focused on pain management with icing, sling use for comfort, and pain medications. Simple home exercises are typically initiated within the first few days of surgery to assist in pain control and decreasing stiffness in the arm.
Although the arm will be in a sling for 4-6 weeks after your first follow-up 10-14 days after surgery, recovery will transition into additional exercises and physical therapy. This timeframe is focuses on allowing the shoulder to heal without overstressing the repair.
The final stages of recovery focus on improving the range of motion and strengthening the shoulder to help return you to your desired sports, activities, and work. You'll be working with a physical therapist to regain motion and strengthen the area during this time. Full recovery usually takes anywhere from 4 to 6 months. It may take longer than that to do any heavy lifting. You'll also need to talk to your doctor or physical therapist before resuming any workout routines or going back to a job that could put a significant strain on your shoulder.
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According to data from Statista, in 2018, 24% of American adults had been diagnosed with a pain condition. Shoulder issues are common causes of such pain. Shoulder pain can be experienced due to many factors like accidents and conditions such as arthritis or referred pain.
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