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swimming after rotator cuff surgery

Bones, Joints & Muscles | Last Active: Feb 24, 2020 | Replies (8)

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Are there any nearby towns or cities where there might be swimming pool resources that you could use? Are you able to drive yet so if there was a pool ssituation you could get yourself there and back? Hang in there and don't do anything that hurts your arm–not a good sign but a signal that you shold try something else for now. Ask your PT for water exercises that are good or you might look online for some reasonable suggestions about water exercises. Or check Amazon–you might find something there in terms of a book that might have good suggestions about water exercises. Don't despair–It really does take a very long time to recover from rotator cuff surgery. When I had mine it really was about a year before I felt fully recovered. Your doctor may be giving you some questionable advice about how much and what kind of exercises you are really ready for. As my doctor said: "If it hurts don't do it!"

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Yes, great advice…my PT tells me to only go to the point of tension. I am just frustrated. I am a super active person…3 1/2 months post op and I want to "rock and roll". When I read your comment about being only at 90% at 9 months, it hit me that I have a long way to go yet. And I know that; my surgeon had told me when I had surgery that I needed to be patient. I just remember what I did before surgery and what I can't do now. I just have a melt down once in awhile. And I do realize that there is not a specific protocol for swimming after rc surgery; everyone is different in how they are healing, what type of rc surgery that they had, and how motivated they are. I do ALL of my exercises twice a day; I am at the pool twice a week "swimming" (breast stroke, side stroke, back stroke without arms) 3/4 mile. My surgeon is awesome in that he is willing to follow me for more months just to make sure that I get swimming again (they usually cut patients after the 3 month post-op period). My PT is awesome in that he is trying to shake my swimming up each time ("try a waist belt, try treading water"). I am just going through a rough stretch right now. And I truly appreciate your comments about being patient.

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