The rotator cuff tendon is formed by four muscles that let you elevate and rotate the shoulder. They converge to form a tendon that attaches to the ball part of the shoulder. If a large tear occurs acutely from a fall, the shoulder can not only be unstable but have significant weakness due to the rotator cuff tendon tear.
Healing does take time, but within a few months most people can get back to play at their pre-surgery level without the pain that they experienced before, a pair of new studies show.
A study that specifically looked at return to racket sports, not sports in general, in patients who underwent anatomic total shoulder or reverse shoulder arthroplasty showed a 79% return to racket sports by 12-month follow-up.