Many people who have rotator cuff surgery will later complain about shoulder stiffness. You may be suffering from stiffness following a rotator cuff surgery and wonder if this is normal or if there’s anything that can be done to alleviate the pain.
Stiffness of the shoulder area following surgery could be due to inflammation around the shoulder which causes the tissues to thicken and become less flexible. It can also be caused due to weakness or pain from trying to move the torn muscle. In either case, stiffness is a common problem after rotator cuff surgery.
The good news is that those who develop stiffness have a higher rate of healing than those who do not suffer from stiffness following the surgery. Inflammation is part of the body’s way of healing itself and inflammation is one of the more prevalent causes of stiffness.
If you think you might’ve torn your rotator cuff or are suffering from extended stiffness following a surgery, contact our offices in Joplin, MO to schedule a consultation. Our dedicated team of orthopaedic specialists will work with you towards a diagnosis and our qualified shoulder surgeons can work to remedy the problem. Contact us today and let us know how we can serve you.