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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Put on a Shirt After Rotator Cuff Surgery

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Put on a Shirt After Rotator Cuff Surgery Renova Medical Wear Inc

Rotator cuff surgery is a common procedure that helps repair damaged muscles and tendons in the shoulder joint. After the surgery, it's important to follow proper precautions to avoid re-injuring the shoulder or interfering with the healing process. One of the everyday tasks that can be challenging after rotator cuff surgery is putting on a shirt. Here are some steps to help you put on a shirt after rotator cuff surgery:

  1. Choose the right shirt: Before attempting to put on a shirt, choose one that is loose-fitting and has large armholes. A button-up shirt is also a good option since it can be put on one arm at a time.

  2. Position the shirt: Lay the shirt on a flat surface, such as a bed or table, with the back facing up. The collar should be towards you, and the sleeves should be pointing towards the ceiling.

  3. Insert the injured arm: Gently slide your injured arm through the sleeve until your hand reaches the end of the sleeve. If necessary, you can use your other hand to help guide the injured arm through the sleeve.

  4. Adjust the shirt: Carefully pull the shirt up towards your shoulder and use your non-injured arm to help adjust the fabric around your neck and shoulders.

  5. Insert the non-injured arm: With the injured arm securely in the sleeve, use your non-injured arm to slide into the other sleeve. Again, if necessary, use your injured arm to help guide your non-injured arm through the sleeve.

  6. Adjust the shirt again: Once both arms are in the sleeves, use your non-injured arm to help adjust the fabric around your shoulders and neck. Be careful not to overstretch or strain your injured shoulder.

  7. Button or zip the shirt: If you're wearing a button-up shirt, start at the bottom and work your way up, buttoning each button as you go. If you're wearing a zip-up shirt, carefully pull the zipper up using your non-injured arm.

Remember to take your time and be patient while putting on a shirt after rotator cuff surgery. Rushing or forcing the process can cause pain or re-injure the shoulder. It's also important to avoid lifting your arm above shoulder level or reaching behind your back until cleared by your doctor. Follow these tips, and you'll be able to put on a shirt comfortably and safely after your rotator cuff surgery.

We also recommend visiting our store for your post surgery recovery clothing need.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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