Is It Normal To Experience Nerve Pain After Reverse Shoulder Replacement?

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is an invasive surgery that deals with swapping out parts of your shoulder with artificial mechanics. While it might sound scary, this procedure is only used to treat severe shoulder conditions, such as arthritis, persistent shoulder pain, or rotator cuff tears.

However, despite improving mobility and reducing pain, some people tend to experience nerve pain after the surgery. This is typically a sign of recovery, but if the nerves in your shoulder keep hurting after a reverse shoulder replacement, reach out to your doctor immediately.

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What Causes Nerve Pain After Reverse Shoulder Replacement?

It isn’t exactly normal to experience nerve pain after reverse shoulder replacement. However, in most cases, the pain tends to develop due to several factors, some of which are mentioned below.

  • Trauma or Injury During Surgery
    During the procedure, nerves in the shoulder area may get stretched, compressed, or even cut unintentionally, leading to postoperative nerve pain.
  • Nerve Inflammation
    The body’s natural response to surgery is inflammation, which usually irritates the nerves surrounding the surgery site, leading to pain.
  • Poor Aftercare
    It is necessary to take good care of your arm and shoulder after the reverse replacement surgery. Failing to look after your shoulder can put pressure on the nerves, resulting in a lot of pain and discomfort.

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Is Nerve Pain After Reverse Shoulder Replacement Normal?

While some degree of pain is expected after any surgical procedure, dealing with severe or persistent nerve pain is not a normal side effect, especially if it doesn’t go away.

The best way to handle this is to address it immediately. You can also try engaging in physical therapy or taking pain relievers to alleviate some pain, but if nothing works, make sure to let your orthopedic surgeon know as soon as possible.

Dr. Michael Cusick is a trained orthopedic surgeon who has years of experience in shoulder & elbow surgery. He also specializes in fractures, trauma injuries, arthroscopies, and reconstruction surgeries, especially total joint replacement for the shoulder and elbow.

How to Soothe the Pain

If you are experiencing nerve pain after reverse shoulder replacement surgery but don’t know how to ease the pain, take a look below.

  • Take Your Medications on Time
    The medications prescribed by your doctor, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, must be taken on time as they help manage nerve pain.
  • Physical Therapy
    Physical therapy helps improve the shoulder’s mobility and strengthens surrounding muscles, all of which effectively reduce nerve pain.
  • Alternate Between Cold and Hot Compress
    Alternating between cold compresses and heat packs can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief from nerve pain.
  • Schedule Follow-Up Visits to Your Doctor
    Don’t forget to schedule follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress and address any concerns as soon as possible.

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Closing Words

All in all, nerve pain after reverse shoulder replacement surgery can be a stressful experience, but it is important to remember that the pain is often temporary and can easily be managed.

Nevertheless, if you are experiencing persistent or severe nerve pain, do not hesitate to contact Michael Cusick, MD, at (713) 794-3599 for an in-depth evaluation and treatment plan.


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