Shoulder Pain? What to Expect During Rotator Cuff Surgery

Feb 17, 2015

A Patient’s Testimonial:  Sharon Jackson’s Road to Recovery

Working as a hairdresser will take a toll on the body.  Standing on your feet all day, raising your arms above you head reaching for products, the constant arm movement needed to style hair, etc.  Sharon Jackson has been a hairdresser for 31 years.  She currently works at a nursing home in Morgantown, W.Va., where she has worked for 22 years.

Coming to a job where she was able to create something new everyday and see the joy on her customer’s faces is what kept Sharon coming to work–even when her shoulder pain made it very difficult to do her job.

Eventually though, Sharon knew the pain in her shoulder was going to be too much for her to continue styling hair.

Sharon met with Dr. Zervos of Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates, who decided to administer cortisone injections as her first round of treatment for her rotator cuff tear. However, after awhile, she and Dr. Zervos decided that surgery would be Sharon’s only way for long-term relief.


Nick Zervos, MD, of Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

“Having a rotator cuff surgery results in a six-week period of immobilization with some passive motion in a sling.  After that, one will progress to therapy and it takes anywhere from two to four months to get back to full use of the shoulder,”  said Nick Zervos, MD of MOA.

Sharon can now work a full day with no problems.  It was harder for her to come in several days a week as opposed to styling all her customers hair at once in one day.  Her body is no longer exhausted at the end of the day.

“I would highly recommend the surgery and Dr. Zervos.  He is a wonderful surgeon and a very nice person.”

If you can relate to Sharon’s story, it may be time to schedule an appointment for a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon.

The orthopedic surgeons at MOA have been providing cutting-edge orthopedic care to Morgantown and North Central West Virginia since 1977.

Regain your quality of life by scheduling an appointment with one of the MOA orthopedic surgeons today at 304-599-0720.

To watch Sharon’s story, click here.  To learn even more about rotator cuff tears, or visit  Dr. Zervo’s MOA page.

Read our guide to shoulder pain.