Torn rotator cuff

Willie Henry – Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette

Willie Henry is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette #EncoreRehab

After a rotator cuff tear in his shoulder, Willie Henry came to Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette for rehabilitation. Mr. Henry says, “Encore is close to my home. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They get you back on your feet in no time!”

Thank you, Mr. Henry, for choosing Encore to be your rehab provider! We are happy to select Mr. Henry as the Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette!

Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette
1793 North Temple Avenue
Fayette, Alabama 35555
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Landon Lowe – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette

Jeremy Gallups – Feeling Like a Brand New Man!

Darrell Kimbrell – Learning to Walk Again!

David Roper – “A Great Success” at Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden

One man and two women posing and smiling in front of the door to the Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden Clinic.

David Roper is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden! David is shown here with Clinical Director Emily Large, DPT and Laura Lee Homan, DPT.

We are pleased to introduce David Roper, Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden!

Here is David’s story in his own words: “Due to a fall, I tore my rotator cuff in my shoulder plus two tears in the tendons. I had a 2-hour surgery and 24 sessions of physical therapy. I had to remain in a sling for 8-10 weeks. After therapy, I am able to raise my right arm above my head and reach behind my back. I was impressed with the professional treatment I received and how they were concerned for my rehabilitation.

“I feel it was a great success.” – David Roper, Warrior, Alabama

Congratulations, David! Thank you for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden to be your rehab provider! We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden
1387 State Highway 160
Warrior, Alabama 35180
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Mike Hanner – Shoulder Success!

Mike Hanner Photo Columbiana

After shoulder surgery, Mike Hanner chose Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana for his rehabilitation. Mike says, “I had my other shoulder done three years ago and Encore completed my physical therapy. I had great success with it.” Now Mike is doing great with the rehab on his second shoulder!

Thank you for returning to us, Mike! At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana
101 West College Street, Suite 100
Columbiana, AL 35051

What is a Torn Rotator Cuff and what to expect after Surgery.

“The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and the related muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint and allow you to raise and rotate your arm. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with three main bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the collarbone (clavicle), and the shoulder blade (scapula). These bones are held together by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the joint capsule. The rotator cuff helps keep the ball of the arm bone seated into the socket of the shoulder blade.

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon usually involves:

  • Removing loose fragments of tendon, bursa, and other debris from the space in the shoulder where the rotator cuff moves (debridement).
  • Making more room for the rotator cuff tendon so it is not pinched or irritated. If needed, this includes shaving bone or removing bone spurs from the point of the shoulder blade (subacromial smoothing).
  • Sewing the torn edges of the supraspinatus tendon together and to the top of the upper arm bone (humerus).

In open shoulder surgery, a surgeon makes an incision [2 in. (5 cm) to 3 in. (7.6 cm)] in the shoulder to open it and view the shoulder directly while repairing it. A smaller incision can be done with a mini-open procedure that allows the surgeon to reach the affected tendon by splitting the deltoid muscle. This method may reduce your chances of problems from a deltoid injury.

Open-shoulder surgery often requires a short stay in the hospital.

General anesthesia or a nerve block may be used for these types of surgical repair.

Rotator cuff tears can sometimes be repaired with arthroscopic surgery.

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon usually involves:

Discomfort after surgery may decrease with taking pain medicines prescribed by your doctor.

The arm will be protected in a sling for a defined period of time, especially when at risk of additional injury.

*Physical therapy after surgery is crucial to a successful recovery. A rehabilitation program may include the following:

  • As soon as you awake from anesthesia, you may start doing exercises that flex and extend the elbow, wrist, and hand.
  • The day after surgery, if your doctor allows, passive exercises that move your arm may be done about 3 times a day (a machine or physical therapist may help the joint through its range of motion).
  • Active exercise (you move your arm yourself) and stretches, with the assistance of a physical therapist, may start 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. This depends on how bad your tear was and how complex the surgical repair was.
  • Strengthening exercises, beginning with light weights and progressing to heavier weights, can start a few months after surgery.”


William, B., & Timothy, B. (2011, November 11). Rotator Cuff Repair. Retrieved from