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Exercising with rotator cuff tear



A recent MRI found a full thickness anterior distal spuraspinatus tendon tear, moderate lateral subacromial arch narrowing, glenohumeral arthropathy, thickened inferior axillary puch, and advance acromioclavicular osteoarthropathy. I can`t have surgery until after February 20, due to son`s wedding. I am an avid weight trainer. What excercises can I continue without risk of exacerbating the shoulder problem? Legs? Abs? biceps? Thanks.


It is important to consult with your physician regarding any exercise program, especially in the event that you are injured. You should be safe doing legs and abdominals, however, bicpes may not be an option.  Many complex shoulder injuries, like yours, extend into the biceps tendon complex.  You should avoid most upper body activities until your shoulder injury has been addressed.

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Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC
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The School of Allied Medical Proffesions
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The Ohio State University