Re: Rotator Cuff Arthroscopy: how long before you could..?
Pain medication: after one week due to side effects, but took Advil and Tylenol for PT
teeth: 2 1/2 months
hair: three months
bra: 4 1/2 months
drive: cautiously after one month, the seatbelt was the bigger issue
work: three 1/2 months, although I did basic paper and phone work after one month one-handed.
90°: 5+ months
arm over head: two 1/2 months? Sliding up a wall
sex: three months-bummer
lift weights: 1 pound@two months at PT
laundry basket: don't remember
for me it was canoeing: eight months-no endurance
sleep:@nine months, still sleeping with that arm supported with a pillow when laying on un-injured side
sleep through night:@four months
Mine was a three-quarter tear the supraspinatus tendon, plus "reduction"? Don't remember right term.
After 11 months, with daily exercise regime continued after PT which was for three months, still can't get my hand up to my shoulder blades-I can with a pulley system. My doctor told me it takes well over a year to be able to achieve that again. Plus, being that I want to continue being physically active, I basically have to keep doing my exercise regime for the rest of my life.
I use a Bow Flex for my home exercise regime, right now I am at 20 pounds. At 11 months, my upper body strength is better than what it was before my injury. Probably because I was having irritation to the tendon from the bone spur that was removed, if that makes sense. But my endurance isn't there yet. My goal, is to be able to be an aggressive Whitewater canoeist again.
At four months, I was able to carry a a decently loaded day pack without a problem. Getting it on and off was more of a challenge.
My best words of advice : be diligent with your home exercises. Good luck with recovery!