swimming after rotator cuff surgery
Hi, I am a 61 year old active female who LOVES swimming. Before R rotator cuff surgery, I was swimming the crawl and the back stroke 3 times a week (a mile each time). I am post op 3 1/2 months; the orthopod is letting me swim the breast stroke and the side stroke; I got permission to try an abbreviated version of the crawl on Tuesday…no good! Lots of pain in the R arm in different spots. Originally, the doctor thought that I would have to wait until May (6 months out) before trying the crawl. So, now I don't know what my next step should be. My PT is wonderful, but he is not a swimmer. We are just trying different options each time I swim. Saturday, I used the waist belt just to try something different with the breast stroke; it was a fun new toy! I had been also trying the back stroke with JUST my L arm, but it is too much torque on that arm. Any ideas out there on how to progress? Thanks!