Is post-op stiffness okay after rotator cuff repair?


by Harry Brownlow, October 2017

The Relationship Between Shoulder Stiffness and Rotator Cuff Healing: A Study of 1,533 Consecutive Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs.

Wow! This is a great paper from Professor Murrell’s unit in Sydney.

We have always worried about the shoulder getting stiff after a rotator cuff repair and whether or not we need to intervene with more surgery. However this study shows that stiffness that lasts less than 6 months after rotator cuff repair is actually good news! For reasons that we don’t understand, stiffness lasting less than 6 months was associated with a higher healing rate.

McNamara WJ, Lam PH, Murrell GA J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Nov 16;98(22):1879-1889