Is rotator cuff pain constant?
Whether your pain appears suddenly or is chronic (long-term) could depend on your diagnosis. While rotator cuff tendonitis can trigger acute (sudden) shoulder pain, a shoulder impingement can lead to chronic pain (long-term). Appropriate treatment such as physiotherapy (rotator cuff pain exercises) and surgery can relieve persistent pain.
How did I hurt my rotator cuff in my sleep?
If you sleep on your affected side before and during your recovery, this can cause rotator cuff pain.
After your surgery, you could be advised to sleep on your back stop you from rolling onto your operated area during the night which can cause more pain. A pillow can also be placed under your arm to make sleeping more comfortable.
How to relieve rotator cuff pain at night
If you are having trouble with rotator cuff pain at night, you might find it easier to sleep on your back or on your unaffected side. You can place a pillow under your affected arm and shoulder to support these areas.
Is rotator cuff surgery painful?
Before your surgery, you could be given a general anesthetic which means you will be asleep throughout your surgery and will therefore not experience any pain. Or a nerve block can be given to numb the area that is to be operated on. A nerve block can prevent pain during surgery and provide pain relief for several hours after your surgery.
When is open surgery recommended?
An open surgery could be recommended if there is a large tear in your rotator cuff, for example a tear in one of your rotator cuff muscles.
How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?
A complete recovery following a rotator cuff surgery can take about six to nine months.