“It hurt more on the days I did it on my own than on the days they did it with me,” she says. “I think that’s because the therapists are so good at what they do.”
Before and after surgery, Dr. Rowley says it is important for patients to exercise as much as possible.
“They should stretch, strengthen and do aerobic activities to keep the circulation going and blood flowing to the shoulder muscles,” he says.
Today, about 10 months after surgery, Liljenquist says she has gotten function back and and is no longer feeling pain when she tries to lift her left arm.
“I’m feeling better all the time, and I’m doing better all the time,” she says.
Liljenquist encourages people struggling with rotator cuff pain or shoulder arthritis to consult with an experienced orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Rowley sooner than later.
“Before the surgery, my shoulder hurt a lot, and I was always trying to protect it,” she says. “Now, I can carry my grandchildren for short periods of time, and I can take plates out of the cabinet, and it doesn’t hurt at all.”