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Just wanted to throw this out there. I'm towards the end of my recovery from rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder - biceps, supraspinatus, labrum. After 9 months I was released from physical therapy and I continued for the last 3 months doing the ROM and strengthening exercises on my own daily. I've almost got full ROM and strength back.
To address the last little bit of stiffness in my shoulder which prevented me from raising my arm to that 170-180 degrees straight up, it was suggested by my therapist to lay down and with my arm stretched out all the way straight behind me and place a 7 pound weight on it to gently force it back down so that the back of the hand eventually touches the table or floor.
I've been doing that and it's a very slow gradual process but it's getting there. The improvements are so small though and I guess it's the breakup of scar tissue and then reformation along lines that will allow that full extension.
One thing I noticed though and that was it actually seems to improve faster if I take a break and do it every other day. Doing it every day seemed to hinder or in fact set me back and make the shoulder stiffer with less ROM than the day before. I don't know the physiology of all this scar tissue breakdown/and reformation, and maybe it's just me. But originally I was told to do this several times a day, maybe for 5 minutes at a time.
I have found that less is more. Anyone else notice similar experiences with their own recovery/rehab?
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