When can I return to physical activities after shoulder arthroscopy?

How soon you can return to various activities after shoulder arthroscopy depends on how much you'll need to use your operated arm. If you go back too soon, you risk injuring it again.

You can return to light activities, such as school or work that's not physical, fairly soon. Many people can go back after about a week.

Heavier physical activities, such as sports or more physical work, will take longer. Even if your arm feels fine, it may not be safe yet. For many people, it can take 2 to 6 months after surgery. Be sure to check with your doctor before returning.

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