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Arthroscopy Of The Shoulder

How Long Until Full Recovery?

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 16:52

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

The time it takes for a return to unlimited activities will depend on:

  • The original problem
  • The procedure that was performed
  • The repair that was made
  • The individual patient

Usually, at least six weeks of recovery time are required. In general, activities will be limited and gradually increased until the range-of-motion and strength in the repaired shoulder is equal to that of the other arm.

Repair of a rotator cuff tendon or shoulder dislocation usually takes four to six months to heal well enough for a return to full activity.

When Can I Return to Work?

In some cases, you may be able to return to light work within a few days. Depending on the procedure, heavy labor or contact sports may be limited for about six months, though you will be allowed a lighter type of work. But during this period, you will be continuing the exercise program set by the therapist and your doctor as you continue to strengthen the shoulder.

Arthroscopy Of The Shoulder