You can perform various tasks with your shoulders, from throwing a baseball to saying hello to lifting heavy objects. However, it is possible to damage muscles and tendons in your shoulder due to a sudden injury or repetitive movements, resulting in rotator cuff tears.
It is often possible to treat these problems at home, but when the problem persists over time, it is time to seek medical attention. At Sunshine Hospitals, one of the largest orthopaedic hospitals in Hyderabad, Dr Chandra Sekhar, a specially trained and experienced orthopaedic surgeon, will start by reviewing your symptoms and performing the necessary tests. Diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays and MRIs help to provide additional information, and arthroscopy is another option for examining rotator cuff problems.
Dr Chandra Sekhar is an expert in different shoulder surgeries, including bankart repair surgery, minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, mini-open or open rotator cuff repair, and superior capsular reconstruction if necessary. Eight tips to follow to make a recovery as quick and painless as possible after any procedure.
Wear a sling.
To speed recovery from surgery, your shoulder must remain immobilised for some time after surgery to heal your tendon. With a sling, your arm is supported and stabilised, and you’re reminded not to move it too much (It’s okay to move your fingers and rotate your wrist).
Sleep comfortably and carefully.
Generally speaking, it is most comfortable to sleep somewhat upright after rotator cuff surgery. Doing so can also prevent the extra strain on your shoulders from lying flat. Prop yourself with pillows, or elevate the mattress slightly with something under it. For some people, reclining chairs or wide armchairs are a good choice for sleeping. Even while sleeping, wear a sling to reduce excessive movement, and prop your arm up with pillows to reduce the risk of swelling.
Take help from friends and family.
Take advantage of the assistance offered by family and friends. During your recovery, you might need assistance with everyday activities such as showering, dressing, cooking, and other activities. Make arrangements for rides as you are unable to drive.
Look out for complications.
It is rare for complications to occur, but being aware of the warning signs can help.
It is important to speak with your doctor if you are experiencing fever, redness or any discharge from the incision, sudden severe pain, or a numb feeling or tingling sensation in your fingers or hand.
You can improve your shoulder’s range of motion, strength, and stability with physical therapy exercises. To recover successfully, you must attend physical therapy sessions and do exercises at home as part of your accelerated rehab program.
The key to recovery is rest, so allow yourself plenty of time to rest. If you experience any inflammation after surgery, apply an ice pack (or frozen peas wrapped in cloth) to help reduce it. The pain and stiffness can be relieved by heat after that period.
Follow the instructions on the medication. Exercises that you are doing in physical therapy are also made easier by anti-inflammatories.
Pay attention to your movements.
During recovery, you can perform certain movements with your wrist and fingers. However, you should avoid stressing your shoulder as this can cause it to take longer to heal. Reaching beyond you, stretching your arm high or to the side, lifting anything heavy, and putting weight on your shoulder are examples of actions that fall under this category. Wearing a sling will prevent these motions inadvertently.
Don’t pace yourself.
Often, people think they feel better and start overdoing things too soon after their shoulder has improved. Nothing should be done without a doctor’s consent, including returning to sports or pushing oneself to perform harder workouts. Your shoulder is at a huge risk of further injury.
If you’re experiencing persistent shoulder pain that isn’t getting better over time or other treatment options don’t work, visit Dr Chandra Sekhar, one of the best shoulder surgeons in Hyderabad. He and his team can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. To make his appointment, call +91 99595 88389 and book your slot.