The shoulder joint is one of the most complicated components of the skeletal system, and with the ability to move in multiple directions, shoulders play an important role in everyday life. Whether you are swinging a baseball bat or reaching overhead to take something out of a cabinet, all of the muscles and connective tissues in your shoulders work together to make a smooth motion.
Thanks to surgical and physical therapy advances over recent years, rotator cuff surgery recovery won't keep you off the job or out of the gym as long as it once did. Rotator cuff tears are not uncommon in adults and are usually caused by acute trauma or repetitive overhead work such as painters or construction workers might perform. Once your physician diagnoses a tear and recommends surgery, you'll need to plan for a period of post-operative physical therapy. How long that therapy last depends on several factors:
Shoulder pain can occur for lots of reasons, but if you’re physically active at work or at play, then your shoulder pain might be due to a rotator cuff injury. These injuries are not unusual, especially for active folks. Professional and weekend athletes who routinely use their shoulders during a game or workout – swimming, rowing, pitching, playing tennis, or lifting weights at the gym – are prone to a rotator cuff injury. So are people who use their shoulders in their job to lift or carry heavy items.