Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is sometimes recommended for patients with a rotator cuff tear that cannot be repaired, or when other types of treatments have not worked for chronic shoulder pain not associated with arthritis. In this surgery, the ball and socket joint of the shoulder is replaced. However, unlike a traditional total shoulder replacement, the ball and socket components are switched.
A key component of recovery from rotator cuff surgery is physical therapy. Your doctor and physical therapist will recommend a specific course of action depending on your age, the extent of your injury, and your physical condition. Always follow their instructions closely and be sure not to overdo it, even if you don't feel much pain.