Can you return back to sporting activities if you have a rotator cuff repair when you are older than age 70?
This specific question was answered through an article published at the Stedman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. The research study specifically looked at patients who are recreational athletes over age 70, that underwent rotator cuff repairs. Dr. Bhatia’s research was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in July 2015. This article involved 44 patients with the average age of 73 years. They were all recreational athletes. Based on the analysis, more than three out of four, or 77 percent of the patients, were returning to sports at a similar level of intensity following rotator cuff repair surgery.
In addition, many of the patients had improvement in their levels of activity compared to what they were experiencing prior to surgeries. Their pain levels reduced, while their strength improved.
In conclusion, the authors noted that arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs were highly effective at reducing pain, improving function, and returning patients to the sport in high demand elderly individuals over 70 years of age.
A Growing Number of Seniors are Returning to Sports of All Kinds Including Competitive Events
Peak performance for athletes of many different ages has gotten better and better over the course of the last 100 years due to a wide variety of things. And more than ever before, older adults are participating in sports and setting records. Examples include Canadian runner Ed Whitlock who was the oldest person to complete a marathon in less than 3 hours (at 73 years of age) in 2003.
This is great news for those looking to get back into their favorite activities. There are physical activities that people of all ages and abilities can participate in and enjoy. And if some type of injury (including a rotator cuff tear) is holding you back from engaging in the physical activities that you love, you don’t have to live with the pain and discomfort since good treatment options are available.
As a double board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, Dr. Grossfeld wants to help her patients return to their favorite sports, regardless of age or skill level. For more information about treatment options, or to schedule an appointment, contact Orthopaedic Specialists today or call 502-212-2663 to schedule an appointment.